Area Cotton Farmers Preparing to Harvest this Year’s Crop Soon

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By Connie Burcham

 

Sooner state farmers planted about 780,000 acres of cotton this year, according to estimates from Oklahoma Cotton Council Executive Director Harvey Schroder. In 2017, that number was just more than 470,000 acres. Dryland cotton may remain in the fields until first frost, usually in early November in this area. Schroder said producers with early cotton may have used a defoliant – a product that causes the leaves to drop from the plants – but with recent heavy rains, are finding it impossible to get into the fields to harvest.

“It’s definitely been slowed down by the weather,” Schroder said. “It hasn’t touched five percent statewide yet.” Washita County cotton grower Monte Beech said his crop has taken a beating from weather. Some of the seed didn’t germinate because of drought early in the growing season, and the flooding in early October took its toll as well. “I started with about 1,800 acres, but there is only about 950 left,” he said Oct. 29.

 

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