- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - Expectations for a bountiful cotton crop in West Texas have been dashed after hot and dry weather in August stunted growth.

The Midland Reporter-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1MFDJMK ) reports a Howard County cotton farmer with some 6,500 acres had anticipated a yield of about 10,000 bales from his farmland. Now, he hopes for about 4,000 bales.

Texas A&M; Extension Agent Brad Easterling, who surveys cotton operations in the Southern High Plains, says Midland, Glasscock and surrounding counties are seeing similar disappointing yields. He says blames extremely hot August weather and arid days in early September for the stunted growth. October rains also tarnished the cottons’ color, lowering its quality.

But all may not be lost. Farmers had better fortunes further north near Lamesa and through Lubbock.

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Information from: Midland Reporter-Telegram, http://www.mywesttexas.com

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