Cotton still stands after heavy rainfall

ABILENE,TX - West Texas is always thankful for the rain, but is this much too much?

Cotton is one of West Texas’ largest sources of income, so with all of this sudden heavy rainfall, some were worried. But Kenny Day with the USDA in Abilene said he believes it will be fine.

            “I feel like it's not gonna benefit the cotton this late in the season but we are glad to have the rain either way and I don’t think it’ll hurt overall production as far as quantity goes."

While Day doesn’t believe the rainfall will be a huge factor, he said it does lower the grade of the crop.

            “It could gray the cotton a little bit that’s been opened but as long as they harvest it dry I don’t expect it’ll have a big detriment on color as well."

And if that cotton isn’t top quality it means trouble for local growers.

            “It hurts us, if we don’t have the production, it hurts the farmer because he’s not making as many bails, it hurts the warehouse man who stores it, hurts the distributors the merchants that handle cotton, it hurts us."

Low grade or no cotton means millions lost.

            “We bring in about a million and a half to two million samples come in on a pretty good crop."

Rain or shine though, the harvest has to happen.

Day said the majority of the crop that is to be harvested this year has already been planted. He said he believes this year’s harvest will be as successful as any other. 

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