Cotton Farmers Predict Best Crop Since 2010

Cotton Farmers Predict Best Crop Since 2010

What was once thought to be a questionable year for local cotton crops has turned to be one of the best. Martin Nichols has been farming since 1989 and while he has seen the ups and downs, this year came by surprise.

"I had no idea it would react like this," Nichols said. "I haven't seen cotton grow like this in several years. 2010 was our last crop and with four bad years in a row it's kind of amazing to see cotton react like this."

Areas of Nichols crops were completely underwater when the rains hit in early June. Some farmers had to replant before the insurance deadline.

"We had five inches of rain at one time. When you wake up and see 100 acres of your best land underwater, it's hard. The cotton was already about 16 inches tall," said Nichols.

The crops Nichols has are all on dry land. So when the rains hit, it wasn't very devastating to his fields. In fact, without pivots and drop irrigation, he relies solely on what Mother Nature gives him.

"Having extra rain, I'm able to do a double crop," he said. "I have several thousand bales of hay and we're excited about that. Then, we turned around and planted cotton on top of that. We're really thankful to have two crops in one and that's only possible when we've had this much rain."

Nichols says despite the rains that had many worried, their crops are looking to be the best since 2010.

"2010 was so-so. Kind of breakeven and it has been a loss ever since then," said Nichols. "Last year was a tremendous loss because we put so much into it and then it burned up."
 
But one thing all farmers can relate to is the importance of hard work and patience.

"It's stressful," he said. "My wife is on me all the time about when I want to buy equipment and I tell her that we need it. We need it for the acres we have. It's really tough and we just battle it out."