Alabama Cotton Crop
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sally, some crops like peanuts, had already started harvest. Others, like cotton, have not yet been harvested, but could still be affected. Here’s Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance President Jimmy Parnell.
Parnell… “I think the cotton is yet to be determined. A lot of them were afraid their cotton would not open because also the bowl damage that was received. I was there last weekend and there's a lot of cotton that's beginning to open. It is extremely tangled from the blowing that took place, which should make it very difficult to pick. So there will be some loss, even in the best of situations there. There may be a few that have a total loss of their cotton, but I think most of them will have some cotton to pick.”
Parnell says the drier forecast is making him a little more optimistic, but says the crop adjusters will have to meet with farmers to determine the best course of action.
Parnell… “I hope that adjusters will be understanding, and if there's not enough lint there to justify the farmers having to pick it, that they will adjust that out without making them pick it.”