Floyd County cotton harvest underway

Reported by: Rebecca Rivers
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Updated: 10/29/2013 8:50 am
Eddie Teeter planted his corn in April, cotton in May, and milo in June. And now thanks to a little water management, he is harvesting all three crops in October.

"This is the best crop I've ever produced," Teeter said. "This is my 47th crop and I've never had any cotton like this before."

And when Teeter said the best cotton crop he has ever made, he is talking four and half bales an acre to be exact. He said thanks to information from the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation and the latest and most efficient watering techniques, producers like him have more than doubled their crop yields in the last decade.

"If you could grow a bale, a bale and a half of cotton you were really doing good. If you made two bale cotton, you were doing super good," Teeter said. "But with the new varieties that they've come out with and I've got other crops under pivots and under row water, and it's not going to be this good. It's just the sub irrigation system is the main asset in this program."

On his farm just south of Lockney, 12 inches of additional moisture in the form of rainfall fell over the summer months during peak growing season. And balancing that rainfall with timely irrigation helped Teeter finish out three separate crops on one farm. 

"We got the rain, we got rains right and we put this drip sub irrigation system in two years ago," Teeter said. "We've managed 75 acres of cotton, 60 acres of corn, and 72 acres of milo on 750 gallons of water on 233 acres."

Teeter credited the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation for his outstanding yields this year thanks to the information they make available to the public, helping farmers help themselves.

"In eight years we've had excessively wet years and we've had excessively dry years and we've had one or two normal years," Teeter said. "So we've been able to put together data to help farmers to know how much water it takes to produce a pound of crop. And with the water table leaving us and our water level going down and we're having less water to work with, it's very important information that we're putting together."

The goal of the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation is is to conserve water for future generations by reducing the depletion of ground water while maintaining or improving agricultural production and economic opportunities.

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