County’s cotton harvest 95% finished
by Kenda Nelson
Aug 20, 2011 | 1371 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Despite the drought, county farmers sustained a “fair cotton harvest,” according to David Wyatt, manager of Bayside-Richardson Gin near Bonnie View.

The gin is geared up, running 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the gin is over the half-way mark. Ginning should be finished by the first week in September.

“This is extremely earlier than previous years,” Wyatt said. “The lack of rain caused the cotton to mature faster.”

Bonnie View farmer Walt Franke brought in the first bale of cotton.

County producers planted 30 percent more acres than last year but yields are down from the record-setting highs, Wyatt said. Farmers harvested approximately 1.1 bales per acre as compared with 1.75 last year.

Prices are still above last year’s.

“Producers are going to get somewhere in the $1.03 per pound range,” Wyatt said. “Overall, I’d say it was a fair year.”

With most of the cotton picked, farmers have been plowing deep in a process called “ripping the soil.”

“The purpose is to open up the soil so when it does rain, the moisture will go deeper,” Wyatt said.
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