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For the first time in over a century, a severe South Texas drought has claimed the entire cotton production of Kleberg County, according to Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel.
In late July, Texas AgriLife Extension Service economists reported that agricultural drought losses throughout the state had reached $3.6 billion and by the end of the year could exceed $4.1 billion.
“Since the founding of Kingsville in 1904, not a single pound of cotton was produced this year in Kleberg County, which includes the King Ranch, one of the area’s largest producers,” said John Ford, an AgriLife Extension county agent for agriculture based in Kingsville.
“That’s not just lost crop revenue in cotton and grain sorghum,” Ford said, "that includes money lost to motels that house the harvesting crews, labor costs at gins and grain elevators and other related losses.”
Originally posted by warrenb
Cotton is such a waste of resources. Hemp is softer, more durable and more resilient in harsh climates of all kinds.
Originally posted by Jessicamsa
Some people can only use cotton due to allergies.