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Record Cotton Crop?

Ryan Cody
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - With all the talk about high wheat and sorghum yields last week, one crop in its early stages is exciting producers and consumers alike.

Cotton is the largest cash crop on the high plains and if conditions continue their near perfect trend it could mean record cash flow for the local economy.

"There's a lot of farmers telling me this is the best start they have seen to a cotton crop ever. Others are reminding me that a good start to a cotton crop is part of it. It's a good finish that is most important," says Roger Haldenby of Plains Cotton Growers in Lubbock.

In order to finish strong in the Fall and give our economy the boost it hasn't had from cotton recently, hot and dry days are a must. The rainfall was great for soil moisture during planting but now heavy rains and severe weather can only do damage to a crop that could possibly yield 7 or 8 million bales in our region.

Haldenby says, "don't count your bales before they are ginned. I certainly hope we see this good sized crop turn in to an absolutely bumper crop by the Fall this year. That's a shot in the arm for everybody's economy."

Good yields this year will go farther for the economy as cotton prices are nearly double what they were a year ago.

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