Tommy Hanka of Edinburg, TX delivered the first bale of cotton harvested in the U.S. this season on June 16.
According to The Brownsville Herald, Hanka delivered the 1,880 pounds of hand-picked cotton to Ross Gin Co. about two weeks earlier than anyone expected.
“It’s earlier than any of us anticipated,” said Brady Taubert, chairman of the Harlingen Cotton Committee. “We figured, with all the rain we had, it would push it back a couple of weeks. It’s a pleasant surprise.”
Hanka planted his 500-acre cotton crop on February 4. “It’s a good crop,” he said. “The rains have been really good. But we need the rains to stop.”
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