Even with recent rainfall some significant Texas cotton production regions remain dry, in either extreme or exceptional drought status, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension service expert.
Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension statewide cotton specialist, College Station, says planting intentions, as announced recently by the national cotton council, may well hold up, but harvested acres could be another story if the drought doesn’t let up.
He says conditions across the state are “a mixed bag.” The Rolling Plains, South Plains and the Panhandle remain in either extreme or exceptional drought.”
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Though recent rains improved the cotton outlook for some regions, it’s still a “mixed bag” for the state overall, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.
The March predictions by the National Cotton Council were of a double-digit percentage increase in plantings over 2013, and those still hold water, said However, Morgan noted that planted acres do not always equate to harvestable acres during prolonged drought. But rains have greatly improved things for the time being in South Texas, Central Texas, east of Interstate 35, and the Blacklands, Morgan noted.
There have been challenges throughout the state.