Both have all their cotton in a marketing pool this year and do not expect to sell for prices near the recent highs near $1.50 a pound. “We will not hit the peak,” Lewis said. “But if we keep yield and quality up we will still do okay.”

They agree that some of Delta and Pine Land’s new cotton varieties have improved yield and quality. “We got away from Deltapine for a while,” Lewis said. He said fiber quality has improved.

“I can plant a cotton variety that yields 3 bales per acre but if it doesn’t grade I’ll never plant it again,” he said.”We’re getting good lines of cotton and grades look good.”

This season was an unusual one for West Texas, Gude and Lewis said.   

“We started out cold and wet and we stayed cold and wet into July,” Lewis said. “It’s unusual for it to stay wet that long. It was a new problem and it was interesting to see how varieties reacted.”

“We saw more rain in July than we had ever seen,” Gude said. “Water was standing in places where water had never stood before. We got some ponding and plants got waterlogged.” He said nitrogen leaching also hurt cotton growth.

“We also had some hail damage September 1. “And still, we have an above average crop.”