Harvey Puts Best Texas Cotton Crop Since 2010 Under Peril

Record rainfall may knock bumper crop from highest rating in seven years

It was shaping up to be an excellent year for Texas cotton farmers, with crops rated at the best quality since 2010 for this time of year, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show. That is, of course, until Hurricane Harvey hit, flooding fields and causing about $150 million of devastation to the industry, according to the state’s agriculture commissioner. The extent of the damage is still being assessed, and crop ratings are likely to fall in the coming weeks as the government gets updated information, Bianca Pruneda, an agricultural statistician with the USDA, said in a telephone interview from Washington.

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