What is in this article?:
- Rain slows cotton harvest but doesn't hurt yields
- Late planted
- Rain slows cotton harvest
- Yields not affected
- Harvest about half complete
Rain slowed or halted cotton harvest in the Panhandle, South Plains and Rolling Plains, but in most cases there wasn't enough rain to adversely affect yields, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.
"Fortunately, in most places (the rain) was less than half an inch," said Dr. Todd Baughman, AgriLife Extension agronomist based in Vernon. "So with the weather looking like it does, things should clear out and we should be able to get going again pretty quickly."
Baughman estimated that "definitely less than half" of the Rolling Plains cotton crop was harvested by mid November.
"With a big part of the dryland crop, we're actually still waiting on a killing frost to get into a lot of those fields," he said. "Typically we'd already had our first freeze by this time, and we'd already had a lot this cotton sprayed (with desiccants)."
For several reasons -- the lack of a killing frost among them -- the cotton harvest already is running "somewhat late" in the Rolling Plains, Baughman said.
There also was a lot of late-to-mature cotton, and having nearby fields of wheat already up limited the use of desiccants because of the potential damage to the newly emerged plants, he said.