Cotton crop faces rain trouble


October 23, 2018 - 11:05 AM

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Recent heavy rain is threatening Kansas’ cotton crop, which is ready or nearly ready for harvesting.

Rain can dislodge cotton lint from the plant and decrease yields, The Hutchinson News reported. Water can also cause color from the plant’s stems or leaves to bleed onto the lint and damage the quality.

Rex Friesen, a consultant for Southern Kansas Cotton Growers, said the crop appears to be holding up despite the wet weather.

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