Gulf Coast cotton crop has been survivor in 2004

Lews, Forrest
August 2004
Southeast Farm Press;8/18/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 20, p4
Trade Publication
This article focuses on Gulf Coast cotton crop of the Southern States, which survived the unfavorable weather conditions in 2004. By the end of June, most of the Lower Rio Grande Valley, the Coastal Bend, and much of Louisiana had received the equivalent of their average annual rainfall in the first six months of the year. Since then, much of the region has turned dry. Clay soils in some fields have cracks more than an inch wide. But some areas have cotton that appears to have the potential for making the best yields in years. The fact that south Texas has a crop at all may be a testament to plant breeders for all of the seed companies who have been working to develop varieties that produce higher quality fiber and yields.


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