West Texas expects large cotton crop

The Texas High Plains cotton crop continues to offer promising yields as farmers get close to cranking up strippers and a few pickers in the next week to ten days.

Most farmers and industry observers encountered on a recent Southwest Farm Press trek into the High Plains, indicated production could be off a bit from last year, but increased acreage and record low abandonment—less than 3 percent—will mean close to an 8.8 million bale state production.