|Dark clouds loom over a cotton harvester.|
|Threatening skies can worry growers ready to harvest cotton.|
So what happens if you get soggy cotton? First, it can become mildewy, like a wet towel left rolled up for several days. The lint can get spots or become discolored, which translates in a drop in quality and a cut in revenue.
If there are heavy rains and winds, bolls could drop or the lint could become strung out and fall onto the ground. Wet cotton also can gum up the spindles on the harvesters. It also can clog machinery at the gins. If the ground becomes saturated, the machinery can get stuck.
For almond growers who finished their harvest, windy wet weather still poses a threat right now. Trees remain full of leaves. “We haven’t had a lot of cool days,” Jenna notes.
|Wet leaves and wind can lead to broken tree limbs.|
Jenna also adds the winds have been picking up in the past week. Wet leaves can weigh down limbs and any wind gusts can snap them right off. Trees can even topple. In the long run, broken limbs and branches can add up to a drop in yield next year.