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By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYD COUNTY – Producers in Texas Cotton Belt reported lower than expected yields as a result of a tough beginning, middle and end to the 2019 growing season, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.
Extreme weather conditions such as extended rain & high temperatures caused many to miss their deadline to have seed in the ground as well as causing stressed plants drop their blooms & boils which reduced yields and led to quality problems.
Yields didn’t meet expectations due to drought and high temperatures above 90 degrees for 27 days in July and 29 days during August, while rainfall amounts for the month were about 6.5 inches. Irrigated fields produced 1.5 to 2 bales per acre, while dryland fields produced one quarter to half a bale per acre.
The weather even challenged irrigated fields, conditions created high evaporative water demand that made it difficult for pivots to keep up, according to the American Cotton Growers Association.
Area gains in 2019:
Floydada CO-OP Gin recorded to have ginned 65,829 bales, which of course was down from there just over 100,000 bales ginned last year.
McCoy Gin finished up with a total of 17,068 bales. Making their total 9,118 bales short from last year’s count. Andy Rainwater said “it wasn’t the best year we’ve had but not the worst year, we are very grateful to all our producer’s and we’d like to say thank you to each and every one for making this year a good one.”
Lockney CO-OP Gin had a count of 10,012 bales ginned. They ginned just over 33,000 bales the year before.
D & J Gin– recorded ginning 22,391 bales, which was down around 24,000 bales from last year. Not a record year but not a bad year either considering the weather conditions.
Barwise Gin- According to Chance Cornelius “it was a slim year, but we ginned 6,897 bales and we would like to thank our producers and landlords for the best year possible.”