A frustrating growing season is winding down in Wilson County, where soybean and cotton farmers say their crops took a beating this year amid the drought.
Soybeans are the largest acre crop in the county, accounting for
roughly 30,000 acres this year. The harvest is just beginning, but
farmers expect to lose money this season.
Some of the soybean crops were cut earlier this year to use as
hay, which is in extremely low supply.
Agriculture extension agent Norman Harrell says hay was probably
the worst affected crop this year, and cattle producers are bracing
for a tough winter.
Harrell says cotton also took a hit, its acreage down about 26
percent compared to last year.
The slump is being blamed on low cotton prices and high costs
for other crops.