Workers at Southern States Gin will see another week of processing as this cotton season is later and larger than last year.
"We knocked off last year, I believe, on the second of February and we did just over 92,000 (500 pound bales). We're looking at 102,000 to 105,000 this year," explained Southern States department manager Jason Mendoza.
Nearby Bulloch Gin finished their contracts in late January but also days later than usual. Farmer Lee Crumley said the season had been good for farmers and gins alike.
"You do need a crop like this cause they don't come along often. I can think of two crops since I've been farming, 1994 crop and this crop," he said.
Both men admit the bumper crop almost didn't happen, due to a drought last summer that delayed most plant's early development. But, when rains came, the fields made up for lost time. Mendoza said some farmers averaged two large modules (compacted blocks of picked cotton, weighing several tons) per field, which is way above average.
As gin workers hurry to finish the remaining tons of raw cotton, farmers know they must soon decide how much cotton they want to plant this summer.