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Cotton farmers optimistic during harvest

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Del Beasley did not expect the yields he has seen in his cotton fields so far this harvest season.

"I've talked to some of my neighbors and we're all surprised - pleasantly surprised, at the yields we're seeing," Beasley explained.

The shock comes from the difficult weather they faced during and after planting. The skies and the ground, dried up in June and July. But showers returned for three weeks in August and overcast skies kept the moisture from evaporating.

"It revived the crop and it has turned out much better than we expected three or four months ago," noted Mike Dollar, Evans County's UGA extension agent.

Now, farmers are seeing heavier yields than normal, but average-to-low prices. But Beasley said that beats the opposite.

"If you have no yields, it doesn't matter how high the price is," Beasley stated.

Both said whatever profit farmers make from the higher yield will likely pay down debt from leaner years or purchase new equipment to replace older pieces.

For more information on the latest cotton prices and the weather for harvest, visit's Sunbelt AgNet page.

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