The first folks to comment on the August Web Poll appeared cautious, saying their crops looked in the fair to poor condition range. But, when the extreme temperatures lifted a bit, so did crop expectations, especially when the pickers hit the fields. Although many respondents commented on the August question, we didn’t have room to print them all. Following is a sampling of what our readers had to say:
• “I am in the Texas Panhandle near White Deer, Texas. Just give me three good weeks in October and November to get it in the gin.” – Kim Lilly
• “Central Arizona: Planted after wheat-barley; late May, early June; no till into stubble. Irrigated looks good, should be close to three bales.”
• “Excellent cotton crop in Central Texas. All we need is dry weather to finish the harvest. Most yields are 1,200+ on dryland.”
• “Mississippi Delta: Great cotton!!! Began picking on Sept. 1. Yields on dryland picking 1,100 pounds and 1,300+ pounds on irrigated cotton.”
• “South Carolina: Too much heat, too little timely rains and too much variability within every field. There are exceptions though. The dryland crop will vary from 500 lbs/acre up to 900 lbs/acre.”
• “Central Valley of California: My Pima is two to three weeks behind, but with good weather through harvest, we should do fine.”
• “I farm in the Missouri Bootheel. If the crop is on sand, the cotton is a little undesirable. If it is on heavier soil, the cotton looks much better.”
The results of the October Web Poll will be reported in the Cotton Farming December issue.
Web Poll Results
In August, we asked: How would you rate your cotton crop at this time (Aug. 10 forward)? Please identify your location.
Excellent — 14 %
Good — 55 %
Fair — 26 %
Poor — 5 %
October Web Poll Question
Do you think $1-plus cotton prices will contribute to increased cotton acres in 2011? Why or why not?
* It depends
Register your vote at www.cottonfarming.com.
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