This has been quite a year on the farm. We have had more rainfall through the growing season than we have had in a long time. 2020’s rainfall total was 8.56 for the County. Through July of this year, Terry County has received 11.54 inches. (These numbers are the averages for the county.)
And the rains have been pretty timely. Falling almost as if they were ordered. This has area farmers pretty optimistic about the crop possibilities for this year. Certainly the cotton is taller than we have seen it in some time, and there are dryland crops that look like they will make it to harvest! This is very good news.
To add to the good news, as of September 06, 2021 cotton prices are in the neighborhood of $0.9562 per pound. This is after a low market price this year in April of $0.53. Prayers are being sent that the market stays in the $0.95 range through harvest.
Dan Jackson, Manager of Meadow Farmers Co-op Gin stated, “We have contracted cotton over $0.90, and the trend looks like it will hold through harvest. With the potential crop and this market, it will be a much needed boost to our producers and gins, as well.”
As far as how the crops are looking. TownTalk Media spoke with a few area farmers.
Kirk Martin stated, “The crops are looking really good right now. We need a warm September to finish filling out the top of some of the later cotton. A good rain sure wouldn’t hurt any feelings right now. We could get some wheat in the ground with a good rain.”
Mason Becker said, “As we move closer to harvest, I am still optimistic about the crop in general. Where we had some timely summer rain, things look pretty good, but where it stayed more dry, we had a harder time keeping up with irrigation. The dryland has suffered, as well.
“However, I still look for it to average out across the board. As of right now, we would benefit from a general soaking rain. We are on the tail end of any new fruit having time to finish out, but it would definitely help finish out the crop that is set. We definitely need a long fall for the majority of the crop to finish and mature to its full potential. Pray for a late freeze!”
Garrett Green feels his crop is looking pretty good, but, “It needs time.” Echoing Mason’s comments, “Time is going to be the biggest thing right now. Crop looks really good, but much of it is almost a month behind where it should be.”
Barrett Brown stated, “We are working on harvest equipment right now. Getting ready for fall. Crops do look decent, but are 3-4 weeks behind where they need to be to finish out. We could use another rain, IF it stays warm through September. We need the warm temps and a late freeze to reach the full potential of this crop.”
Reese Rowden stated, “It is looking great! Probably the best cotton crop I have ever had. We need a little more rain and heat units to help it finish filling out, but I am very excited. Harvesting corn right now!”
With the shower that came on Saturday to parts of the County, and the forecast looking pretty warm for the rest of the 10 day forecast period, it looks like things might just go our way this year.
“Behold, the farmer waits for the precious produce of the soil, being patient about it, until it gets the early and late rains.” James 5:7
Pray for our farmers as they wait patiently for the harvest.