Cotton production drops in half

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POSTED: Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 4:47pm

UPDATED: Friday, June 7, 2013 - 7:33am

Cotton production in the Rio Grande Valley is half of what it was last year, according to experts. 

Luis Ribera, an associate professor at Texas A&M Agrilife, said cotton last year brought in $126 million. He said drought conditions this year have kept cotton from growing at the same level as 2012, and it's an ominous sign for the rest of the farming industry. 

"Well, it's huge because the Valley is still an agricultural area. The value of ag production in the Valley is about $850 million," Ribera said. "We're going through (a) huge drought. Not only this year, but last year as well."

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