Cot­ton yields ex­pected to grow 90% this year

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - BUSINESS - — From staff re­ports

Vir­ginia of­fi­cials say cot­ton pro­duc­tion is pro­jected to grow 90 per­cent this year af­ter last year’s yield was hurt by long rains from the rem­nants of Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

The Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Con­sumer Ser­vices projects pro­duc­tion to grow to 190,000 bales this year. Pro­duc­ers statewide are ex­pected to har­vest 83,000 acres, which is 11,000 more acres than in 2016.

Ce­cil Byrum of Byrum Fam­ily Farms in Wind­sor says rain isn’t good when cot­ton is ready to har­vest, and last year’s rain came right as the cot­ton was open­ing.

Gail Moody Mil­teer with the state Agri­cul­ture and Con­sumer Ser­vices depart­ment says weather pro­vided good grow­ing con­di­tions this year and that cot­ton de­mand is on par with re­cent years.

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