To date, Mother Nature has blessed the latter part of the cotton season – including early harvest – with favorable weather. Occasionally, however, her angry side does appear.
Violent storms containing golf ball-sized hail ravaged nearly 10,000 acres of cotton in Northeast Arkansas on October 7 – all of it just days away from harvest. Bill Robertson, Extension cotton agronomist for the University of Arkansas, and local Extension agents assessed the damage, noting that 50 to 100 percent of the lint from the open bolls was lost on at least 7,000 of the affected acres.
Full details are available in this report from ArkansasMatters.com.