Cotton drying out, farmers back in field - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Cotton drying out, farmers back in field

^ Wet cotton ^ Wet cotton
  • More WALB News10 HeadlinesMore News HeadlinesMore>>

  • What you need to know before riding an ATV

    What you need to know before riding an ATV

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:50:06 GMT
    A safety warning following four ATV deaths in Georgia this week.      A man died in Liberty County when his 4 wheeler crashed into a tree.  A woman and her two young grandsons died in Walker County whenMore >>
    A safety warning was issued following four ATV deaths in Georgia this week.   Experts say you should not operate ATV's on public roads. You should wear proper gear such as gloves, goggles,  and most importantly a Department of Transportation helmet.More >>
  • Daycare providers face deadline

    Daycare providers face deadline

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:15:14 GMT
    The close of business today is the registration deadline for Bright from the Start. The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) has posted application packages for new and returning providersMore >>
    The close of business today is the registration deadline for Bright from the Start. The purpose of the program is to prepare children for success in Kindergarten and later school years. Programs are offered at local public schools or through private providers of preschool services.More >>
  • Kendrick Johnson family in Albany

    Kendrick Johnson family in Albany

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:33 AM EDT2014-04-23 08:33:54 GMT
    Wednesday morning the family of Kendrick Johnson will make an appearance at ASU to speak to students about their case, its all part of the university's criminal justice week. Those organizing the presentationMore >>
    Wednesday morning the family of Kendrick Johnson will make an appearance at ASU to speak to students about their case, its all part of the university's criminal justice week.More >>

 

 

December 4, 2002

Dougherty County - Cotton farmers are behind schedule this year. Dougherty County Farmer, Lanny Wooten, says, "We needed the rain, but we didn't need it during that time."

South Georgia farmers are back in the fields, catching up on lost time. Wet cotton has put a damper on this year's harvest. But, the past few weeks have been dry outside letting farmers take care of business.

Cotton farmers normally finish picking mid December, but this year some farmers will stretch harvesting to February.

The cotton picker starting is music to the ears for cotton farmers. Wooten says, "We had a real good crop until it started raining. The first 300 acres we picked did real good."And then it kept raining, putting cotton pickers on hold. He explains, "When it starts raining three or four days or a week, you've got a lot of cotton that's ready to pick it. It doesn't take long to get concerned."

Wooten finally finished harvesting, but pickers don't like wet cotton. He lost at least 300 pounds on the ground and his fellow farmers are still struggling. Wooten says, "A lot of cotton still in the field...people today still good ways to go."

Wooten already started planting wheat. While the wheat tractor squeaks on, his cotton picker will finally rest until next year.

The Dougherty County Extension Service says 65 percent of farmers have finished picking cotton, but this time last year it was more like 90 percent.

posted at 5:19PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com

Powered by WorldNow