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Late-planted cotton looking good
COTTON for Web
In this Herald file photo from 2009, cotton bolls are shown in bloom, waiting to be harvested. Recent rains were too late to help early cotton, but have helped cotton planted later. - photo by Herald File

Cotton planted later than usual this year stands to benefit greatly from recent rains, said Bulloch County Agent Wes Harris. But cotton planted early, or those fields in areas that haven’t seen much rainfall, will likely be stunted.
    Many farmers waited to plant the crop later in the spring, hoping for rainfall to dampen the ground. Those fields planted late “will continue to try to develop,“ he said. “We anticipate, if there is no early frost for the first three weeks in October, we’ll have a pretty good crop.”
    Too much rain, however, can result in boll rot, so Harris is hoping, along with a number of area farmers, that the rain is moderate.
    Like other crops throughout the county, “We have some poor spots and others where the crop is good,” he said.”The last rains we had really finished it out.”
    Taking “the good with the bad, we’re probably about average” with the overall cotton crop in Bulloch County.
    And, at $1.05 a pound, “it’s still a pretty good income for us,” he said. Last year cotton prices soared higher than ever in history, and with an estimated 725 to 750 pounds per acre, “We’re cautiously optimistic” about the prices, Harris said.
    More cotton and less peanuts were planted in Bulloch County this year because of dry weather conditions. This caused a reduction in peanuts, a trend that has been reflected statewide.
    “It was so dry at planting time, and you can put cotton seed in dry ground, but peanuts won’t germinate in dry ground,” he said. “It was easier to put cotton in than peanuts.”
    As for the peanuts that were planted, the results are the same — some fields are good, some not so impressive depending on where the rain fell and at what time the peanuts were planted, he said.
    Farmers with crops who have not signed contracts may benefit from higher prices due to the limited supply of peanuts, he said. For those who did sign contracts binding them to a certain price for the crop, “we have fairly decent contract prices,” he said.
    Holli Deal Bragg maybe reached at ( 912) 489-9414.

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