Virginia Cotton: Damage Not as Bad as Expected

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Farmers wake up in our region to a beautiful day after a sleepless night with howling winds.  I wouldn’t say we dodged the bullet this time as we got hit with 50 mph winds that took a toll on corn that was remaining and knocked a little cotton on the ground.  However, we were spared the tragedy that once again devastated our southern neighbors with total agricultural losses. 

It is heart breaking to see.  Our losses will be minor in comparison.  Although still disappointing most of us feel a sense of relief as it was expected to be quite a bit worse around here.

For cotton, the chore of defoliation remains on 25% of our acreage or more, and we do not have very many pretty days to get this done in the forecast.  I would not wait on any more maturity and use whatever sunny weather and 70 degree temperatures we have left to get the fields sprayed.

So, for the east coast, I will speak not only for the Agricultural industry, but rural communities everywhere as we salute the American farmer for sacrifice, hard work that you put in so the rest of us can eat well and have some nice cotton clothes.  The city folks might not think about you quite as much, but they appreciate you too whenever they really think about it.


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