Craig Alderson brings in first bale of cotton

Craig Alderson stripped the first batch of cotton this fall in Hockley County, harvesting 15 modules  Wednesday.

Alderson and his four hands began stripping Wednesday morning in a field of irrigated cotton off Onion Shed and Kansas roads.

Employees with Citizens-Shallowater Co-op Gin began ginning late Wednesday afternoon.

Alderson planted the cotton, Fibermax 2484, under an irrigation pivot on May 10.  He estimates that he applied 8 inches of irrigation water during the growing season.

‘The cotton where we’re stripping is a little better than I thought it was going to be before I put our strippers in the field,’ he said. ‘It’s doing better than I thought.’

The men had to dump one basket of cotton when a fire started in it. 

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