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Irrigated cotton had good yields in 2012 harvest

Irrigated cotton in the Oklahoma Panhandle counties of Texas and Beaver had good yields at the end of the 2012 harvest, according to Dick Cooper, who is Plains Cotton Cooperative Association's business developer for Northern Oklahoma and Kansas.

"Cotton producers in Texas and Beaver counties in Oklahoma had a good year with their irrigated cotton," he said. "Due to the drought, dryland cotton was all lost.

"In that area and southern Kansas, 70,000 bales of cotton were harvested on 51,000 acres. About 4,000 bales came from the two Oklahoma counties."

Farmers in that area are optimistic about producing cotton, he said. "Cotton does better with less water than corn," he said. "There are plenty of smaller producing irrigation wells in the area yielding 300 to 400 gallons, which isn't enough water capacity for corn. Farmers are using these wells for cotton production. Natural gas still is an economical fuel to run pumps on the larger producing wells and farmers are planting corn in those fields."

Cooper reports the High-Tech Gin, Inc. at Pratt, Kan., underwent a major overhaul in 2012 and is still ginning cotton.

"They have enough cotton on their yard to gin 10,000 bales," he said. "They will be ginning on into February."

Date: 2/18/2013


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