County growers were racing a deadline this week to get their cotton planted in time.
Most of them made it.
June 5 is considered the deadline for planting cotton in this part of the South Plains, and local producers worked long days this past week to finish in time.
‘They’re definitely working hard,’ said Brian Lehrmann, manager of Ropes Farmers Co-op.
‘They’re doing all they can to get it going.’
Heavy rainfall, below normal temperatures and cloudy skies hampered planting operations last month.
Some producers got upwards of 10 inches of rain in May, said Paul Wilson, manager of United Cotton Growers at Arnett.
Wet field conditions kept many producers out of their fields until the start of this week, when sun and more seasonal temperatures returned to the region.