Heavy rains delay South GA harvest, nearly destroy cotton crops

Cotton Harvest Weather Concerns

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - Some cotton growers at the Georgia Peanut show said half of their crop’s yield was destroyed by Hurricane Michael and the extra rain put them behind in harvesting the remainder.

Farmers said they should’ve finished picking cotton around Thanksgiving, but it’s been raining so much that it’s been delayed.

Normally they pick more than 1,500 pounds of cotton but that number is down to 750.

After 70 inches of rain, they said the machines won’t stand up in the fields.

“Well, we gone lose probably $350 an acre at minimum, up to some bales and a half, up to $500 dollars an acre, on most of our cotton crops,” said Rodney Dawson, GA Farm Show chairman and cotton farmer. “[We’ve] got about 4,000 acres or better.”

Rodney Dawson (Source: WALB)
Rodney Dawson (Source: WALB)

Cotton farmers said they hope to finish picking their crops within the next four days.

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