Jody Smyers -

On Thursday Mary Jane Buerkle from Plains Cotton Growers visited with Tom Collins and Laura Mac on Lubbock's First News about this year's cotton crop, with the first bale of cotton having already been produced in Gaines County. The first bale produced traditionally signals the symbolic start of the cotton harvest this year.

Buerkle spoke on the state of the current state of the cotton crop on the High Plains which, in general, is in fairly good shape. She is optimistic about this year's crop producing the average for the area, which is about 4 million bales. She said that the rain the High Plains is currently receiving is welcome, but just a little too late to do most farms a lot of good.

Listen to the entire interview with Mary Jane Buerkle here:

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