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Kansas cotton co-op thrives. (Newsline).

Members of a Kansas cooperative are proving that growing cotton isn't to southern states. Producers in south-central Kansas are ginning a crop once unheard of in their state. "We're seeing some high-quality cotton grown in irrigated land this year," said Gene Latham, manager of the South Kansas Cotton Growers Cooperative. Latham began working with cotton at age 15 and subsequently added entomology to enrich his background.

Kansas is free of boll weevils and--even with prices at 30-year lows--1,000-pound-per- acre cotton harvests can generate more income than a 200-bushel-per-acre corn crop (a corn yield that is hard to sustain). Top cotton yields this year reached three bales--or about 1,500 pounds--per acre, Latham said, with 45,000 acres planted. Last year, when 40,000 acres were planted, the state generated $6 million in production value.
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Publication:Rural Cooperatives
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Date:Jan 1, 2002
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