The 2014 cotton harvest continues to make progress, but many growers are weeks away from completing their field work.
With six county gins reporting Friday, bale production has reached 64,669.
United Cotton Growers had 24,890 bales to its credit as of Friday morning.
Growers have been delayed by the weather so much this fall that many of them got off to a late start, said Paul Wilson, manager.
‘We were hoping for more cotton,’ Wilson said. ‘Normally we’re at 40,000 or more at this time. It’s such a late start.’
Growers have also struggled with grade issues.
‘It’s starting to level off. I think it’s starting to improve,’ he said. ‘The quality is improving.’
Yields are down from last year, agreed Brian Lehrmann, manager of Ropes Farmers Co-op Gin.
‘Staple and mike (micronaire) are for the most part good,’ Lehrmann said. ‘There’s been some color issues, some leaf issues.’