In spite of some odd weather early on and an outbreak of bacterial blight, timely rains and moderate summer temperatures have Oklahoma cotton farmers poised to harvest a potential record-breaking cotton crop.
Yields, according to National Agricultural Statistics Service estimates could break records. Acreage is up and so far harvest season has been open.
Clint Abernathy, who farms with sons Justin and Jarod and son-in-law Evan Coppock, was about halfway through gathering the 2016 crop in mid-October.
It’s the best dryland crop I’ve ever made,” he said. He estimates much of the dryland acreage will make 2 bales an acre. Some of his irrigated fields will come close to the 4 bale mark. Bacterial blight on susceptible varieties cut yields in some fields. Justin Abernathy talks about crop prospects as he harvests an irrigated field.