2015 & 2016 - Similarities and Differences 10-24-16 This part of the cotton belt has some outstanding yield history that is a good bit over 1000 pounds per acre for many farms. As a result, anytime we make less than 2 bales per acre, it is a disappointment. The early reports for yield have been somewhat mixed but generally in the 700 pound range plus or minus 200. The light soils were the hardest hit from the August drought. The better soils and irrigated cotton are showing the impact of hardlock to most. The realization that the 2016 cotton crop is going to be an insurance crop is beginning to sink in. The similarities between last year and this year are being investigated. Last year, more of our cotton was open during the 3 week period of tropical weather. I don’t think we made as much as we had a longer drought during the summer, but we picked a higher percentage of what we made. This year, I think we were headed for better yields but it seems to be more hardlock this year and we are not picking the hardlocked bolls. There could be a few good stories when all is said and done this year. The later cotton had closed bolls and was not as affected and some of the fields got some mid-August rainfall that helped hold more bolls. Also, the color should not be as bad as last year, particularly on the later cotton but also the earlier stuff looks a little brighter as well. We should know more in the coming week.
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