How About Four and Five Bale an Acre Cotton in Southwest Oklahoma- Randy Boman Says It's True- and Not UncommonWed, 08 Nov 2017 21:04:20 CST
The 2017 Cotton Harvest is underway, and OSU Extension Cotton Specialist Randy Boman says that the early harvested cotton has really looked great- especially some of the irrigated fields in the southwestern corner of the state- saying some of the fields have recorded four and five bales an acre here in 2017. Boman adds that while there is a good bit of variability in dryland fields- that the crop in Kiowa County- around Hobart- looks really good- perhaps the best he has ever seen in that county.
However, some cotton has gotten hurt by freezing temperatures the last weekend of October- and that is a concern.
Overall, Boman continues to see a crop that will top 900,000 bales in 2017, acknowledging that our next check of production comes up this week in the November Crop Production Report. Boman told participants at the Oklahoma Ag Expo that it is clear to him that a lot of the excellent yields and reports of good quality condition is the direct result of the latest genetics and production systems available to growers today- compared to just a few years back.
Boman does worry about having enough equipment to harvest this massive crop- and capacity to gin it- but he says it will get out of the field eventually.
You can hear the comments of Dr. Boman who talked with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays about the status of the 2017 crop by clicking on the LISTEN BAR below.
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