Showers, so close to harvesting season, a concern for cotton growers

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 7:38am

The National Weather Service has predicted a pretty wet week in the Valley and that could mean bad news for cotton farmers and their crops.

As the Valley experiences a drought, rain seems like it could be beneficial, but not if you're a cotton grower and the harvesting season being so close.

Growers fear that too much rain could damage the crops, which ultimately lead to business hardships and since harvesting season is right around the corner, there isn't enough time replant all the cotton.

Heritage Farms grower Sam Simmons commented, "The rain overall, it depends on the strength of the rain. A harder rain prolongs strong rain on cotton, that's already opened, can be very detrimental. It'll cause a significant loss in yield, light drizzle will typically damage the overall quality, The cotton at this point is already to a stage in its maturity where the rainfall isn't going to help it additionally. Any significant damage to the cotton would overall hurt the farming community in the area."

Cotton crops need a moderate summer temperature between 70 and 80 degrees to harvest well.

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