Drought Affected Cotton Farmers But They Don't Want Rain

Cotton farmers in Caddo Parish are feeling the effects of the extended drought. 

But you may be surprised to hear they don't want anymore rain.

You would think that wouldn't be the case.

But the precipitation would interfere with their cotton picking.

Having rain now could actually spoil the cotton crop.

It was over the summer months when cotton farmers needed the rain because that's when their commodity was growing.

"We're probably the only people anywhere in the ArkLaTex right now that doesn't want rain right now because we're in the middle of trying to pick our cotton," says Ryan Kirby, North Caddo Parish cotton farmer.

Cotton pickers are rolling through the rows of crops in North Caddo Parish.

This white stuff is what makes the green for farmer Ryan Kirby.

But the lack of rain is cutting into this year's profits.

"We lost a lot of money in this drought we looked like a really good year going into the year with prices high and we were looking for really good profits and then mother nature came and said not going to happen," says Kirby.

Kirby is able to salvage most of his crop because he grows it two different ways.

"Our irrigated it's doing ok, doing about what we expected but our dry land crop was just terrible," says Kirby.

Kirby says there's a formula to yielding the best crops.

"We need a fair amount of rain in the spring to get the crops up and going we need a lot of rain in the summer to make a big crop and we don't need any rain in the fall while we're trying to get the crop out otherwise it spoils," says Kirby.

Even though this hasn't been the best harvest, he'll still make some profit.

Cotton was going for 60-cents a pound, but now it's going for a dollar a pound.

Overall, Kirby estimates he's out several hundred thousand dollars because of the drought.

But since the price of cotton is up he's hoping to break even.


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