Tillman County, Okla., farmer Roger Fischer, who farms near Frederick, says growing conditions in 2010 made him appreciate cotton's persistence to keep growing, no matter the conditions.

"Our dryland cotton went through a long, dry period that effectively stopped its production," he said. "In late summer and early fall, we received a lot of rain, which made it start growing again.

"Continued moisture kept the crop loading up with bolls. When we would like to be harvesting mature cotton, we see plants with green, immature bolls at the bottom of the plant."

Fischer says sometimes persistent growth habits can be too much of a good thing. Even when cotton producers have applied growth regulators and/or defoliants to allow harvesting, a lot of the crop still has small, green bolls.

"Every season has something different to contend with," Fischer said. "We are fortunate to be harvesting a good cotton crop this year, but you have to be able to deal with different developments each year to be successful in harvesting a crop."

Fischer was running two harvesters and two module builders south of Frederick on the day of this interview.