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Planting for a Prosperous Crop

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It’s that time of year when tractors take over back roads and farmers spend sun up till sundown with the land. It's planting season for cotton and peanuts. The theme of last years crops can be summed up as a major loss. While rain is vital to all farming success last year Mother Nature poured a bit too much over the panhandle. Farmers lost hundreds of thousands of dollars in peanuts, corn and cotton. Now, just weeks into spring rain is flooding parts of Jackson County,
still under a Local State of Emergency, farmers are not too worried about the recent soakings. While it has been a setback to getting seeds in the ground, the moisture is greatly needed to pull crops through the typically dry May month. According to 2013 Jackson County Cotton Farmer of the year, David DeFelix, has planted about 200 acres of his 900 dedicated to cotton and he is looking forward to a prosperous season, "Cotton prices are at a decent level right now. Anything above 80 cents is a price we can be happy with and hope to turn a profit with a decent crop. Most of us are trying to recoup our losses from last year, mortgaging everything we've got. We can't stand another year like last year.”

Corn is also being planted right now and harvest time comes in late September.