When all is said and done, it looks to be a bumper year for South Texas farmers who, for the most part, have suffered greatly at the hands of Mother Nature over the last several drought-stricken years.

As cotton strippers continue to roll in the Coastal Bend and farther south in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, some remarkable reports are surfacing about just how good the year is turning out the be, and not just for cotton but for corn and grain sorghum as well.

"While we have seen better years for cotton, a rapid increase in heat units over the last week or so has caused cotton to explode this week across the Coastal Bend," reported National Cotton Council representative Dwight Jackson in Corpus Christi. "They [farmers] are getting it out of the field as fast as equipment can roll and so far yields look very good on most fields."

Jason Ott, Extension agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Nueces County, agrees.

"I would say cotton harvest is mostly wrapping up in Nueces County. Not every field has produced good cotton, depending on how much rain each field received, but even some farmers who failed to get a good crop from one field have mostly had a good crop on adjacent fields. It's a hit and miss year because of the weather, but much better than the last couple of years," he said.

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Ott says if cotton yields were averaged out across the county he would guess the yield would hover somewhere around a bale and a half per acre—“or a little more.”

"Enough that every cotton gin across the area is alive with activity, and last year hardly any gin was operating as far as I know," he added.