Farming has been a struggle this year because of the excessive rain. After an extended winter wheat harvest, we’re on to other summer crops, and Jimmy Wilson, a Halifax County farmer is studying his cotton crop very closely and tells Southern Farm Network’s Bob Midles what he expects this year:
“I think the cotton crop was already a week to ten days late before we got all the rain. We got it in very timely as far as planting, but we didn’t have the heat to push it and it didn’t seem to take off as well this year. Couple the lateness and the rain, we had some that drown. I’m not looking for big things out of our cotton crop this year.
We are taking some tissue samples and want to do anything we can to help the plant recover from the rain, our soil just can’t handle that much water. In general, we didn’t have any root system at all. We were trying to put a little folia fertilizer on and the crop has been really up and down. One row was needing a growth regulator and right beside it was knee high. It’s all over the board. Some farms will make 700-800 pounds and some will just depend on the frost we get.
As far as trying to get a double crop in, it was like trying to get a lot of plates spinning in the air at one time. We were spraying and top dressing cotton, combining and drying wheat and planting soybeans with the drill and strip tilling, all at the same time. We just did everything at the same time and it turned out to be beneficial.”
Halifax County, North Carolina farmer, Jimmy Wilson