OSU Cotton Specialist Dr. Seth Byrd Sees Cautious Optimism About the 2018 Cotton Crop Across OklahomaWed, 26 Dec 2018 21:11:33 CST
As 2018 turns into 2019, the work continues to harvest and then gin the 2018 Oklahoma cotton crop. And, according to Oklahoma State Extension Cotton Specialist Dr. Seth Byrd, this has been a more challenging year for cotton producers than they faced in 2017, when the state produced a million bales for the first time since the 1930s.
The 2018 cotton crop will not be as large as the crop of a year ago- with the National Ag Statistics Service calling the 2018 crop closer to 800,000 bales this year versus that million bale crop of 2017. Dr. Byrd is not certain if that prediction is real or not- at least not yet. "It's always so hard to tell- we have only ginned a small fraction of what we are going to produce this year- it's so tough to tell- we will probably be pretty close but I think we will know more as we go into January-Febuary when we take more of the crop to the gin."
He expects that the quality will be better than we had thought might be the case early in the fall and sees no red flags when it comes to the quality of the crop- again he says we will know a lot more in another three or four weeks.
As the state cotton specialist- he is very impressed by the skills being shown by producers who are relatively new to growng cotton- he says their expertise is great.
Byrd talked about the 2018 crop, the potential of the crop now coming out of the field and how the crop of 2018 is remarkedly better than of five to years ago- Byrd attributes that to the recent varieties coming through the pipeline- helping the crop production as well as the quality of the crop.
Seth Byrd talked with Oklahoma Farm Report's Ron Hays about the status of the 2018, the genetics that got us here, the expectations of those growing the 2018 crop and what the growth of the crop may look like in the spring of 2019.
Speaking of 2019- it's too early to really know- but Dr. Byrd is confident that there will be at least a few more acres planted this coming spring versus a year ago- and some in the southwest cotton industry are convinced we will have significantly more acres than were planted one year ago.
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