Cotton farmers see massive losses due to Harvey

Cotton farmers see massive losses due to Harvey

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

East Texas cotton crop is usually the first to be harvested, meaning that when Harvey hit farmers were in the middle of one of the most crucial stages. 

During the harvest, conditions need to be dry to eliminate potential of the seeds sprouting, ruining the boll. Harvey had other plans though, dumping record amounts of rainfall. 

According to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, initial reports show up to 400,000 bales of cotton could be lost. Some farmers could lose 100 percent of their crop.

 While most will have crop insurance, Steve Verett with Plains Cotton Growers said it will not cover all the loses suffered.

"This is a prime example of when we hear about crop insurance and folks thinking that farmers don't have to worry because they have crop insurance," Verett said. "This is exact proof that a farmer would much rather have a crop than collect on crop insurance because you can't just make up for an average crop, much less for an above average crop."

There is not much you can do to help cotton farmers along the coast. Verett said the best thing to do is to continue donating to groups such as the Red Cross and pray.

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