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Weather delay, rot posing worry for Alabama cotton crop


This year's cotton harvest in Alabama is smaller than in years past, worrying farmers.

Rainy weather delayed planting in the spring and now some bolls are rotting in the field, according to The Decatur Daily.

Steve Brown with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System saud that about 405,000 acres of cotton were planted in Alabama this year, down from around 450,000 acres in 2020 and 540,000 acres in 2019. Brown said farmers are likely to harvest at least 850 pounds of cotton per acre, more than the 770 pounds per acre a year ago.

Caroline Vincent is a digital producer for Alabama Public Radio.
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