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Jacob Silhan harvests first cotton in Cochran County

First Bales – Jacob Silhan, right, harvested the first bales of the season this past week in Cochran County. He stripped 1 1/2 acres of irrigated cotton west of Morton and it was ginned at Willingham Gin, Inc. Pictured from the left are Jacob’s father, Eric, gin owner/manager Gary Willingham, and head gunner, Junior Salazar

A fourth generation grower,  Jacob Silhan, has harvested the first  batch of cotton this fall in  Cochran County.

Silhan stripped 1 Ω acres of irrigated cotton Monday afternoon west of Morton.

It was ginned Tuesday at Willingham Gin Inc. in Morton.

Silhan’s father, Eric, said the cotton was defoliated about a week earlier.

‘It was fixing to open,’ said the older Silhan, adding that 50 percent of the bolls in that particular field had already opened.

The father-and-son team stripped 1,885 pounds of fiber from the 1 Ω acres.

His son planted Fibermax 2011 seed under a pivot irrigation system on May 10.

Eric Silhan said they applied 8 -9 inches of irrigation water to the land this summer. The area near the New Mexico state border has received 23 inches of  rainfall this year.

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