The South Plains cotton crop--normally a big money-maker for our area--is struggling this year. The USDA estimates here locally, we'll generate about 3.2 million bales of cotton, but that's more than 2 million bales less than last year.
Sammy Means manages the Ropes Co-op Gin, and he says now they'll have a much shorter ginning season than last year. "We'd rather be ginning til the middle of March and gin 110 or 120,000 bales. That means that your producers do better and your employees make more money because they're working longer. Like they say, this is the best next year country around here that there is anywhere, always wait til next year."