Extension Coordinator says 2/3 of the cotton crop is ready for the gin

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HEADLAND, Ala. (WDHN) — As we reported last week, recent rain in the Wiregrass put a hold on harvesting of the cotton crop.

On Monday, this assessment from Henry County Extension Coordinator Jimmy Jones, says 1/3 of the cotton was damaged and stained.

1/3 is good for harvest and another third that was lacking nutrients actually benefited from the rain.

So Jones projects that in all, 2/3 of this year’s crop will be good to go for farmers to take to the cotton gin.

“This is their one paycheck a year,” Jones said. “They watch the weather this time of year and in planting season more than anyone around. The fishermen may have something on them, no but the farmer goes by the weather.”

Over the next seven days the weather is predicted to be great for harvest conditions, and farmers in the Wiregrass need it to be, not just for cotton, but also for the peanut crop and livelihood.

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