Texas Cotton Improves, Louisiana's Declines After Harvey's Wrath

September 7, 2017 12:45 PM

Damage estimates from Hurricane Harvey continue to pour in from Texas and Louisiana that will continue to recover from the storm for years to come.

The overall Texas cotton crop improved from the week prior, now 59 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent.

The Texas National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) office says the majority of the crop was outside the storm’s path and received little rain to cause damage; however, there are estimates of 400,000 acres of lost cotton from the southeast counties.

Several Louisiana crops sustained damage from the historic storm. The Pelican State’s NASS report shows the state’s cotton crop lost 14 points in quality, now 49 percent good to excellent.

The timing of the storm was unfortunate because roughly three-quarters of the cotton crop had open bolls.

Louisiana’s soybean crop also saw a 14-point deduction in quality when half of the state’s crop was ready to be harvested. Now 56 percent is rated good to excellent.

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