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Floods shrink cotton crop even more

Fri, 11/27/2015

Cottonseed availability was going to be lower even before Hurricane Joaquin flooded major growing areas.


by Dennis Halladay, Hoard’s Dairyman Western Editor

Even with milk prices down, whole cottonseed prices were on track to be up this year – and then Hurricane Joaquin slammed the Carolinas in early October just prior to harvest.

Called a “once in a thousand years” storm, Joaquin was blamed for a dozen deaths as it flooded parts of the Carolinas with up to 20 inches of rain, prompting President Obama to declare a state of emergency in South Carolina.

Those rains drenched a 500-mile wide swath that included the important Mid-South cotton growing area, “decimating a significant portion of that region’s 2015 crop,” according to Cotton Incorporated. Read more

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