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Early freeze could mean big problems for cotton crop

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Cotton growers on the South Plains are working to harvest the best quality cotton that this season can provide.

But the cold front that's moving in Saturday could halt that production.

According to Plains Cotton Growers, even a short freeze could set back cotton production significantly.

Keith Grayson, a cotton farmer in Idalou, said that the first freeze means a lesser quality of cotton.

"It could hurt the grade real bad if it comes to a freeze. The temperatures will get real low and the grade will be lower and that'll hurt the farmer and his price," Grayson said.

A delay in planting the crop this year has already set back the season and the first freeze could come three weeks earlier than usual, meaning that the harvest window has gotten very small.

Steve Verett with Plains Cotton Growers said that even a short freeze could mean big problems for cotton farmers.

"People are just now getting in the field and I would say that we have less than - significantly less than 10% ready to be harvested today," he said.

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