Cotton harvest is just around the corner but is in fact running about two weeks behind this year due to replants and weather. However the latest projection for total bales in our 41-county West Texas production region is out.
The total is 2.5 million projected bales.
That number has dropped since planted acres were first recorded.
But even though total yield quantity may be down this year, Jane Dever, Ph.D. with the Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Service said we may be pleasantly surprised in terms of cotton quality.
"Though we had a little bit of rain in August, most people thought it wasn't really significant for the yield in the irrigated and the dry land, but the timing of that rain was just wonderful for fiber development," Dr. Dever said. "And I think we are really set up to have a good quality this year in West Texas. So as long as the weather cooperates on the harvest for color and trash, I think we are set up to have a really high value crop year."
Dr. Dever also mentioned that the range in temperatures between hotter day time and cooler night time temps is working well to help finish out the crop in terms of fiber quality, too.