Cotton totals expected to be down this harvest

Cotton totals expected to be down this harvest

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

These are tough times for farmers around the region.

Drought and late rains have caused concern for this years cotton crop.

So far fears are holding up with numbers being down.

"We're certainly going to be down from last years crop," said Shawn Wade with Plains Cotton Growers. "No where near that level of production."

These low numbers are hurting more than just farmers, they are hurting people like Dan Jackson who runs the Meadow Farmer Co-Op Gin. Last year he ginned about 20,000 bales, this year he will not be anywhere close.

"This year I hope that we hit 15 because we just don't have the dry land acres, we just don't have it," Jackson said, "and then some of the yields are off on some of the irrigated."

His income, similar to that of producers, relies on the amount of cotton. His is based on the amount ginned.

"It's basically like someone walking in and tell you, hey we're going to cut half your pay this year and good luck with that and hang in there," he said. 

The good news is that the fiber quality of the cotton is relatively good with slight discoloration rare. The late rains that have delayed harvest are also good news for dry land crops next year. It will provide a good layer of deep moisture come planting season.

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