Recent showers put a damper on cotton crops

Recent showers put a damper on cotton crops

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

This week's showers put a damper on cotton crops.

Local producers are stuck in neutral under these cloudy skies, pulling back on irrigation and waiting for cotton to reach peak maturity. 

Shawn Wade, director of policy analysis and research for Plains Cotton Growers, said the recent weather pattern isn't what farmers would hope to see at the end of September.

"We're looking to get this last little bit of yield mature on these plants and the recipe for that is definitely sunshine and warm temperatures," Wade said. "the cloudy weather has been probably much more hindrance to the activity than the rainfall even."

Wade said by next week, he hopes the warmer weather patterns will bring plenty of sunshine to kick-start October harvest.

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