Fewer cotton acres to be planted on a Missouri Bootheel farm

Fewer cotton acres to be planted on a Missouri Bootheel farm

A farmer in the Missouri Bootheel says not as many cotton acres will get planted on his farm due to the consistent, heavy rains this spring.

The final planting date for cotton in the Missouri Bootheel is May 20 and Barry Bean says cotton prices need to be better for late planting, beyond June 1, to be worth the risk.

“We joke sometimes about planting some May 32 cotton, but we don’t like to do that and I think this year, some of our May 34 and 35th cotton will turn to soybeans.”

Bean says storms with high winds over Memorial Day weekend sand blasted cotton and caused excess flooding in fields.

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