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Drought causing historic cotton losses

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posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 09:30 AM
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Drought causing historic cotton losses


www.ntxe-news.com

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.
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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.
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posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 09:30 AM
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More bad news, unfortunately 95% of cotton production by the largest producers in Texas has been lost, and according to them:

“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.


This drought hasn't affected just cotton. Grain sorghum harvesting has also seen almost a similar failure.

The loss of these harvest includes

“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.”


Yet despite this, and other bad news from around the country we are being told that the economy is getting better and the recession just stopped?....

www.ntxe-news.com
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posted on Aug, 14 2009 @ 09:38 AM
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Cotton is such a waste of resources. Hemp is softer, more durable and more resilient in harsh climates of all kinds.



 

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posted on Aug, 15 2009 @ 03:27 AM
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I agree. Hemp is so much better and more resiliant!

 

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posted on Aug, 15 2009 @ 09:51 AM
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Some people can only use cotton due to allergies. This isn't good that the crop was destroyed.


MBF

posted on Aug, 16 2009 @ 12:01 AM
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I know they are having weather problems, but it is not gathering time yet for cotton. We don't start gathering cotton until next month.


I guess somebody just wants to get a jump on the story.



posted on Sep, 12 2009 @ 07:15 AM
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Well, I see that a large part of Texas is getting some significant rain!

Relief is on the way...almost one month from the last post!



posted on Sep, 12 2009 @ 07:47 AM
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Well taking into consideration that we in the southern states are growers of the cotton, we have a very nice wet summer and probably also a fall, our drought is over and we are not running surplus, the cotton Fields around my neck of the woods are healthy and blooming.

So we are doing fine, perhaps the east southern state will help cover for the lost.



posted on Sep, 12 2009 @ 08:30 AM
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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.


Yep. Cotton consumes way too much water, needs heavy pesticide treatments, and hemp fibers are ten times stronger than cotton fibers.

Planting hemp instead of cotton would be like a magic wand struck the whole industry, but of course that's not going to happen.


Originally posted by Jessicamsa
Some people can only use cotton due to allergies.


You mean there are people allergic to Mj? Poor suckers!


Nevertheless, that shouldn't condition a decision which is primarily economic,



posted on Sep, 12 2009 @ 08:36 AM
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Way to turn around a story!

Instead of a woeful message about poor crop yields we get an opportunity to hear a positive message about how much better hemp would be.
This in spite of the mod putting in jabs about short posts only to the hemp messengers. What's that about anyway?

In this day and age we cannot afford to stubbornly do things the old way (like grow cotton) when there are much better alternatives.




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