Trammel said Mike Mefford, one of his farmers, had a yield of 1,765 pounds per acre of lint cotton from one of his fields.

Trammel expects to gin more cotton in 2010 than last year. "We ginned 28,323 bales last year," he says.

Managers at Blackwell, Chattanooga and Burns Flat cotton gins report no cotton ginned at those facilities yet, but they expect to begin in a week or two.

Ryan Sawatzky, manager of the Burns Flat Cooperative Association Gin in Washita County, reports cotton should be coming in there in about a week. He expects a dryland crop yielding one- and-a-half to one-and-three-quarters of a bale per acre. "We ginned 6,300 bales last year and 2010 should be better," he says.

Up north at Blackwell, Okla., just south of the Kansas border, Great Plains Cotton Gin is still waiting for cotton since it is well north of the gins operating in southwestern Oklahoma. They expect a good crop this year.

At the Tri-County Gin east of Chattanooga, manager Craig Bolton hasn't seen any cotton hauled in yet, but he expects to begin ginning in three weeks. With more than 30,000 acres of dryland cotton planted this year, the gin will be busy when the season starts.

"Where we got rain at the right time, we could be harvesting two-bale cotton," Bolton says.

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