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Down in the Valley, cotton is (still) kingDown in the Valley, cotton is (still) kinghttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=26172014-10-31T14:25:00Z2014-10-31T08:30:00Z

RIO GRANDE VALLEY - Rio Grande Valley farmers are expected to produce about 300,000 bales of cotton from about 144,000 acres in 2014, according to Brad Cowan, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Hidalgo County.

Valley Co-Op Oil Mill in Harlingen had ginned 294,505 bales of cotton as of October 2014.

Cameron County farmers harvested 118,536 bales, while Willacy County farmers produced 113,950 bales and Hidalgo County farmers yielded 62,019 bales.

Timely rainfall during the growing season came after winter rains seeped deep into the subsoil, and the ongoing development of cotton seed varieties has helped boost yields.

Furthermore, the success of the Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation’s program has helped rid fields of the tiny beetle that eats into crops.

In 2013, the Valley’s cotton production dropped to 66,235 bales due to restricted water supplies which led farmers to limit planting to 70,000 acres. While about half of the irrigated crop failed, farmers lost about 95 percent of the dry-land crop.

In 2012, Valley farmers harvested 238,679 bales of cotton, while producing 250,388 bales in 2011, according to Valley Co-Op records.

The Monitor
Brownsville-Harlingen
Economy
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