Early returns on West Texas cotton production "down 25 to 30 per

Early returns on West Texas cotton production "down 25 to 30 percent"

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Cotton has been the lifeblood of the West Texas economy for more than a century.

However, less yield in any given harvest season also means less money for everyone involved.

David Wied, the manager of the New Home Co-Op Gin, said that is the case this fall, as early returns from harvest indicate production is down by a significant portion. 

"This year, production is off from what seemingly it could have been because of the dry August and September. Grades are down from untimely rains in September, where we got some color. We also have some staple length issues with this crop," Wied said.

Wied said this reduction in yield could be as much as 25 to 30 percent, according to the fields they've already harvested. 

To keep the operation running, Wied said they need the early returns on yield to pick back up, and he said he is hopeful producers are braced and ready for the rest of harvest season.

"I know we're at trying times with this crop due to lower production, coupled with lower prices. It's going to be a hard one to weather for our producers," Wied said.

The ongoing U.S.-China trade war has lowered December futures prices as much as $0.17 per pound, something Wied said has played a part into lower overall numbers, as well. 

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