With no tropical storms to delay harvest so far this year, Gulf Coast cotton farmers are making quick work of the 2013 crop and Central Texas growers are also preparing to harvest in a compressed time period.

“There’s going to be a lot of cotton coming out of these fields in a fairly compressed period compared to most years,” said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension statewide cotton specialist, College Station.

Morgan says harvest began in the Upper Gulf Coast a couple of weeks ago, but was delayed by rain. Recent dry conditions have farmers back in the fields.

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Some farmers in the coastal counties, such as Matagorda, are mostly finished, and Wharton and Colorado are getting close. Harvest activities were progressing up through the Central Texas Blacklands, he said.

Read more about Gulf Coast and Central Texas cotton harvest and updates on other crop and weather conditions across the state here.

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