Jeff Turner expects to run from 125,000 to 150,000 bales of cotton through the Glasscock County Cooperative Cotton Gin this season from a crop that likely will not yield as well as the 2009 crop but includes more acres and less abandonment.

The facility ginned 86,410 bales last year.

Turner, CEO and general manager of the Garden City, Texas, facility, says early harvest indicates some yield reductions compared to last year. “We’re seeing about a three-fourths bale per acre production from dryland cotton,” he says. “Farmers haven’t harvested enough of the drip-irrigated cotton to tell yet, but it seems like those fields will be from one-half to three-fourths of a bale less than last year. We haven’t seen any cotton come in that yielded better than expected.”