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Harvest to resume; bale count nearing 120,000

Despite the recent winter weather, this year’s cotton crop is on track to finish in the next few weeks.

Growers lost time last weekend when snow, sleet and rain soaked fields, keeping them from harvesting the rest of their crop.

But 80 percent or more of the county cotton crop has been harvested, according to gin managers.
‘I would say probably 80-85 percent,’ said Brian Lehrmann, manager of Ropes Farmers Co-op Gin.

His gin added a night crew in October and the business has been operating full speed.

‘We’ve been running pretty hard,’ Lehrmann said. ‘We’ll finish before the first of the year. We could get close to 50,000 (bales).’

The quality of the crop has remained high, he added.

‘It’s still holding pretty good,’ he said. ‘We’re seeing a little low mike (micronaire), but nothing that’s really alarming.’

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