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By Yelena Serrato/The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYD COUNTY—The cotton ginning season has officially ended in the South Plains. Floyd County gins wrapped up the season earlier than usual due to a difficult cotton harvest. Weather conditions heavily affected farmers. Drought, heat and an ice storm in October made it difficult for farmers to recover crops.
“The weather affected us greatly; the freeze we had this year caused us to lose lots of cotton,” said local farmer Arnaldo Serrato. “It was a natural disaster. I am ready for a new year and trusting in God that it will be a good one. I hope we can all recover from the obstacles we faced this past year,” he said.
Barwise Gin was the first gin to wrap up the 2020 season with a total bale count of 8,051. “It was low, but it was more than expected considering the conditions,” said owner Chance Cornelius. Since opening in 1947, Barwise Gin has recorded a season high of 31,000 bales which resulted from the 2004 cotton harvest.
Darty Gin baled their last cotton bale just after Thanksgiving with the counter stopping at 10,895. Darty Gin has been in the Pernell family since 1960.
Lockney Coop Gin stopped ginning on Dec. 2 with a final count of 10,317 cotton bales. “It’s terrible,” said gin manager Clay Lowrance. It is no question that weather struck havoc on farmers and gins this season.
D & J Gin finished up with a total of 26,341 bales. D&J Gin started operating in 1984.
McCoy Gin completed the season with a count of 24,820 bales. The 2020 season total was 7,752 more than last year’s count of 17,068.
Floydada Coop Gin was the last gin to finish with a grand total of 66,813 cotton bales. The gin’s 2019 season ended with a count of 65,832 bales. This year sparked some improvement despite the early frost storm in September and bad ice storm at the end of October.
Local farmers and gins were continuously hit with unseen weather conditions this year but were thankfully able to end the cotton harvest with produce. Our farmers keep producing despite the circumstances. Our farmers keep America moving.