Michael Dolle, sales representative with Plainview Ag, said cotton in his area is a “better than average crop but will not be a record. Cool, cloudy weather early caused fruit shed,” he said. “We have a good limb crop and a good top crop but the bottom crop is not there.”

He said most of the acreage is close to harvest. “We’ve seen a lot of planes flying (flying on harvest aids)."

Russ Perkins, Bayer CropScience, said during the company’s cotton production field day at the Idalou breeding station, that most of the High Plains cotton crop is within four weeks of harvest. “Most is ready to go,” said Perkins who works in Bayer CropScience crop protection tech services.

He cautioned farmers to be patient with harvest aid application and wait until about 50 percent of the bolls are open. “From 50 percent to 80 percent is the ideal window,” he said. “After 80 percent, it’s a waste of money.”

He said weather in late September “has been good to get the crop ready for harvest.”