The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

Homepage

July 10, 2013

Cotton lags, but farmers aren't worried

—  An overly wet start to the summer season has delayed the growth of cotton crops, agricultural officials said this week.

Several days of near-steady rainfall has meant many blooms are just now appearing on the plants. Officials aren’t worried about the fate of the crop, however.

“Most of your farmers will tell you that they would like to see a bloom by the Fourth of July so we’re not too bad late,” said Shane Seay, director of the Limestone County Farm Service Agency.

Despite the flooding that has plagued some Limestone communities, Seay added farmers haven’t had many complaints about the rain.

“Right now I haven’t heard a lot of concern, except for maybe a few low places people have where the crop may drown out,” he said. “But I think everybody is mostly going to say it was beneficial.”

Charles Burmester, agronomist of row crops at Auburn University’s Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center, said the cotton in North Alabama is roughly a week to 10 days behind schedule.

“Usually we’ll have quite a few blooms on the cotton by now, but mostly all the cotton planting was delayed,” he said, adding the rain turned out to be beneficial. “Cotton is really growing rapidly right now with all the rain that we have had. It is rooting well and it’s doing everything it’s supposed to be doing.”

In 2012, Alabama was ranked seventh in the nation in terms of cotton production. Limestone County, however, has seen fewer acres dedicated to cotton because of the decreased value of the crop.

“We are a county that used to have 60,000 acres of cotton and we are probably going to do good to have 10,000 acres of cotton this year,” Seay said.

Despite that drastic drop, however, Seay said he feels numbers have leveled off.

“I think … people are going to rotate crops and (will) use cotton in that rotation,” he said.

Text Only
Top Local News
Today's Local Feature

State and Nation
Local Sports

Sports
Lifestyles
Calendar of Events
  • Limestone Ledger 4/23/14

    THURSDAY
    Safe driving course

    The AARP safe driving course will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday at the Council on Aging office, 912 W. Pryor St. Cost is $15 for AARP members. All others, $20. Participants are asked to bring lunch or snacks. RSVP to Emily Sandlin at 256-216-3906.

    April 23, 2014

  • Church Bulletin 4/23/14
Obituaries
Weather Radar
Poll

Do you think Athens-Limestone County is better prepared than in April 2011 to provide shelter from a major tornado?

Yes
No
     View Results
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Facebook
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Business Marquee
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.