The United States Department of Agriculture released projections for the cotton harvest in Texas this fall, and the outlook is not good. Because of extremely poor weather conditions during the planting and growing season, the government agency expects West Texas' South Plains to produce only half of what was originally anticipated. That means a harvest of 1.86 million acres in comparison to 3.7 million acres planted in the spring of 2013.
Due to the fifty percent drop in cotton production, agricultural experts expect a large number of Texas cotton farmers to file agricultural claims with their insurance companies.
Drought has been plaguing Texas farms in recent years. In addition, this season saw flying dust and severe, record hail storms—a tough combination that ruined what should have been a large crop.
At the halfway point of the growing season, cotton analysts at the Cotton Roundtable in New York City estimated that the U.S. cotton crop would result in about 14.3 million bales this year. While Texas will produce far less than was planted, several states in the Southeast continue to plant and produce more.
“For the third year in a row, Texas is facing extreme drought conditions,” said Carl Anderson, Extension professor emeritus, Texas A&M University. “At least a third of the state’s 5.7 million acres will likely be abandoned. Most of the dryland crop never germinated. Much of the irrigated ground is short of sufficient water to produce an average crop.”
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