Talkin' Cotton

Top cotton yields continue to be reported for the 2007 harvest season.

"We are just getting started with our ginning season," reports Rodney Sawatzky, manager of the Midwest Farmers Inc.cooperative at Clinton, Ok., "We have just ginned 600 bales to date. All of the cotton we receive comes from dryland fields and we are seeing bale and a half yields per acre.

"We received our first bale Nov. 11. Our farmers have 1,900 acres of cotton this year and we are expecting 2,500 bales.

"We are just now finding out how this year's crop is grading, but it looks like one of the best varieties planted for us this year was Fibermax 9063.

"Everybody is really tickled about how their cotton is yielding this year. The 2007 crop got started late around here. In fact, it wasn't until July 15 that our cotton started to look promising.

"The rains we received last spring that continued into the summer gave us plenty of moisture, but it continued to be a problem for the cotton to grow until we started getting warmer, dry weather.

"The increased heat units (longer, warmer days) with cooler nights really helped our cotton to put on more bolls and mature well."

Currently, farmers in the Clinton, Ok., area are needing some moisture, Sawatzky says. This weekend, they received a good snow, about one and a half inches in the immediate Clinton area, And even though their initial frost was a few days late, most of the Midwest Farmers cooperative farmers waited for frost to kill their cotton and and defoliate it naturally. Not too many cotton growers had to apply defoliants, he said.

APPROXIMATEY TWO THIRDS of the cotton grown in the Southern Plains (Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas) has been harvested this year, according to the weekly National Cotton Council report. As of Nov. 18, 2007, 65 percent of the Kansas cotton has been harvested. Sixty-three percent of the Oklahoma crop is complete and Texas reports 60 percent of its crop is out of the field.

TALKIN' COTTON is a feature of NTOK Cotton, a cotton industry partnership which encourages increased cotton production in the Rolling Plains of North Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas. For more information on the cotton scene, check out and For comments or questions about Talkin' Cotton, contact us at [email protected].

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