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Rain increases cotton production, lowers quality

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AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) -

All the rain in the Panhandle is affecting the cotton crop as the harvest approaches.

The large amount of late Summer and early Fall rain helped cotton producers grow more cotton than usual.

The downfall of the extra rain is it is lowering the quality of cotton. 

"We are anticipating really good yields, but with the abundant amount of rainfall it could affect the quality," said A&M Extension Agent J.D. Ragland, "It puts the producers about two weeks behind."

Future Agriculture Specialist Monte Winders says the quality also affects the sale rate, even overseas.

"Our cotton here will go all over the world, especially to China, and China is not buying," said Monte.

Now, local farmers are taking matters into their own hands by attempting to speed up their crops growth.

"Right now, mother nature isn't doing that defoliation for us, so we have to rely upon chemical aids, and what we call harvest aid material to apply to the crop," said Ragland. 

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