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Weather a Problem for Cotton Growers

By: Muriel Bailey Email
By: Muriel Bailey Email

The recent dry spell has area cotton farmers fearing the worst.

You won't hear farmers singing "Rain Rain Go Away" anytime soon here in the circle city.

Executive Director at Houston County's Farm Service Agency, Aaron Wells said, "It's extremely dry and we're trying to wind up planting season and with the lack of rain fall and lack of moisture in the soil it's very difficult for the seed to germinate."

One of the crops affected is cotton.

Wells said, "Right now because of the lack of moisture and lack of rain, if their was any cotton that has come up, the stands are very skimpy."

"They have to make a decision as to whether they want to do away with what they got or carry that skimpy stand to harvest until the end of the year," said Wells.

With that risk farmers must brace themselves for reduced yields and other problems throughout the growing season.

"If you don't have anything to sell at the end of the year there is a good potential for folks to be losing money," said Wells.

And losing money isn't what farmers expected this year.

"What's disheartening is that at the start of this year with the price outlook the way it was, is that this year appeared to be a year that could possibly help a lot of folks financially overcome last year and several other bad years we've had in a row," said Wells.

So right now many farmers are at the mercy of the weather.

Wells said, "a good inch, inch and a half of rain will be well welcomed by everybody in this area right now."

Right now cotton is about $1.20 per lb.., which is good for growers if they can get the crop to sale.


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