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Effects of the Drought in Texas on Cotton Fields and Jobs

16 September 2011 at 12:39:47 PM


The month before cotton reached its highest price ever in March, Brad Heffington bought a 7760 John Deere (DE) picker for $500,000 to help get as much “white gold” as he could out of his 6,000 acres in West Texas. Seven months later the harvester is for sale. The 43-year-old farmer’s crop is wilting; the few plants left are too short for the massive piece of equipment to handle, he says.

At least 65 percent of his crop is gone as drought crushes growers’ chances of benefiting from record prices. “It’s going to be the year of wisha, shoulda, coulda,” says Heffington, who has farmed in the biggest cotton patch in the top-exporting country on the planet for 23 seasons. “It’s terrible not to be able to take advantage of these prices.”


The stretch from October 2010 to August 2011 was the driest 11-month period in Texas since 1895, when the National Weather Service started tracking such things. Governor Rick Perry, a Republican Presidential candidate and son of a cotton farmer, recently asked supporters to pray for rain. The government estimates 33 percent of the U.S. cotton crop will be lost, topping the record of 27 percent in 1933.

“It’s an unmitigated disaster,” says Darren Hudson, director of the Cotton Economics Research Institute at Texas Tech University. He says production in West Texas could fall from the 10-year average of about 4.5 million bales to 1.5 million.

The industry, which employs an estimated 38,000 people in the state, generates about $6 billion of economic activity in West Texas. This year that amount may be sliced by 75 percent, Hudson says. “The people who are really going to be hurt bad are all the service industries,” says Jay Yates, a risk specialist with Texas AgriLife. “Our warehouses are going to be empty. All those forklifts that load cotton won’t be rented.”

In other words, Texas will be losing jobs due to weather...


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