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OVERVIEW

Here is our first Harvest Survey Report for 2010.

Along with asking about harvest progress and yields, we also posed 4 additional questions:

  • What factors most helped production this year?
  • What factors most hurt production this year?
  • What changes do you expect to make in 2011 in how you grow or market cotton?
  • How are your other crops turning out?

For quick comparison, we've broken out the responses to those questions.

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HARVEST REPORTS

Thanks to everyone who took part in this week's survey. If you're on our request list next week, please take a minute to let all of us know how your crop is turning out.

  - Owen Taylor, Editor



Florida, Santa Rosa, Extension: "We have harvested 80% of our cotton, so far. The average yield is about 850 lbs/acre."

What helped this season: Timely rains in most areas of the county during mid-season.

What hurt this season: Early season and late season drought in parts of the county. Extended period of high temperatures. Hard lock and foliar diseases.

How are other crops turning out?: Excellent peanut crop in county this year.




Alabama, Limestone County, Grower, Dealer Fieldman/Agronomist: "We've picked 98% of our cotton (as of 10/27). Average yield is about 700 lbs/acre."

What helped this season: Rain.

What hurt this season: Lack of rain.

Do different next year: We will not plant any DP 0949 or ST 5458.

How are other crops turning out?: Above average.




Alabama, Southeast Alabama, 10 Counties, Extension: "About 70% of our cotton has been picked (as of 10/26). Average yield is about 400 lbs/acre."

What helped this season: Not much good to say about this year.

What hurt this season: Drought

Do different next year: Farmers just hope to be able to farm next year. Some will...some will not. You think I am kidding, but I am not.

How are other crops turning out?: Poor, terrible peanut, corn and soybean crops. Yesterday, I saw a farmer bushhogging his soybean field.




Alabama, Northern half of Alabama, Extension/University: "We have picked 95% of our cotton. Average yield is about 700 lbs/acre."

What helped this season: Rainfall in western and central part of Alabama

What hurt this season: Low rainfall and high temperatures in eastern area of northern Alabama.

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How are other crops turning out?: Corn yields might be a record -- maybe 130-150 bu/acre average. Soybeans are poor due to hot, dry weather at pod set. Yields are in the 20 to 25 bu/acre range.




Alabama, Area not specified, Extension: "We have picked about 80% of our cotton. Average yield, so far, is 500 to 575 lbs/acre."

What helped this season: Light insect pressure. Warm September, Good harvest season.

What hurt this season: Heat and drought.

Do different next year: We will plant 20%-plus more acres of cotton if prices hold.

How are other crops turning out?: Peanuts have been terrible, soybeans have been weak and corn has been average.




Florida, Jackson, Holmes, Washington and Calhoun Counties, Extension: "We have picked about 70% of our crop. Average yield, so far, is about 580 lbs/acre."

What helped this season: 1. Irrigation 2. Irrigation 3.Weed Control

What hurt this season: 1. High temperatures 2. Drought 3. Palmer Amaranth

How are other crops turning out?: Peanuts: fair to good, both yields and grade.




Georgia, Sumter and Lee Counties, Grower: We have picked about 90% of our crop (as of 10/25).Average yield, so far, is about 1,250 lbs/acre."

What helped this season: Irrigation.

What hurt this season: 100-degree heat.

How are other crops turning out?: Great.




Alabama, Dallas and Lowndes Counties, Grower: "We have finished picking cotton. Average yield was about 700 lbs/acre."

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What helped this season: Harvest weather

What hurt this season: Heat and drought

How are other crops turning out?: Poor




Alabama, Madison County, Grower: "We have finished cotton harvest. The crop averaged about 600 lbs/acre."

What helped this season: I guess a dry fall helped us finish harvesting earlier than usual.

What hurt this season: No rain. Heat.

Do different next year: I have contracted part of the 2011 crop.

How are other crops turning out?: Soybeans ranged from 3 to 20 bu/acre.




Georgia, Houston County, Private Consultant: "We have picked about 25% of our crop (as of 10/25). Dryland has averaged about 300 lbs/acre, while the irrigated has averaged about 1,100 lb/acre."

What helped this season: Lack of late rain for harvest.

What hurt this season: Lack of rain during the growing season. Also, tech prices and herbicide expenses.

Do different next year: Variety selection, depending on yields. The percentage of crop make-up will be based on economics. We have already priced some 2011 crops, both corn and cotton.

How are other crops turning out?: irrigated yields were average, while dryland yields were below average.




Alabama, Cherokee County, Grower: "We have finished cotton harvest. Average yield was about 800 lbs/acre."

What helped this season: Timely showers.

What hurt this season: Heat.

Do different next year: Weed resistance management and a marketing advisor.

How are other crops turning out?: Better than average.




Florida, Jackson and Calhoun Counties, Grower: "We have picked about 75% of the crop. Irrigated cotton is averaging about 1,250 lbs/acre. Dryland is averaging about 750 lbs/acre."

What helped this season: Great harvest weather.

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What hurt this season: Three weeks of cloudy rainy weather in August.

Do different next year: Market it myself instead of using an association.

How are other crops turning out?: Irrigated crops were good, while dryland was spotty.




Alabama, Perry County, Grower: "We have picked about 85% of the crop (as of 10/25). Cotton has averaged about 350 lbs/acre."

What helped this season: DPL 1048 stood out as a good variety this year.

What hurt this season: Extreme heat and dry weather.

Do different next year: Use of more full season varieties.

How are other crops turning out?: Corn averaged about 75 bu/acre, while soybeans averaged about 40 acre.