Local cotton farmer may lose millions due to Hurricane Harvey
A San Benito cotton farmer made last-minute efforts on Thursday to save his business from losing millions of dollars as Hurricane Harvey approaches the Texas coast.
Cotton farmer Paul Floyd Jr. and his family pray that Hurricane Harvey isn't as bad as people expect it to be.
"Bad enough that the prices are pretty low--we need all we can get,” Floyd said. ”We don't need no storm coming in."
Floyd says that if the hurricane wipes away his cotton crops, it would be difficult to keep his business afloat. Hurricane Harvey puts Floyd in a serious dilemma, forcing him to speed up his cotton-picking process.
"A lot of them aren't ready yet, because there's still a lot of bulbs that haven't opened yet,” said Floyd. “We're trying to get it out, anyway. If we have to, we'll come back a second time to pick some if we have to.”
Floyd's property stretches a span of nearly eleven miles from Valley International Airport to U.S. Highway 281.
Most plants usually welcome the rain, but once cotton bolls have completely opened up, rain does more harm than good, Floyd explains. The cotton becomes wet and the seed could sprout--meaning a new cotton plant will try to grow inside of the boll, rendering the cotton gin useless.
Floyd continued to work late Thursday evening to pick everything he could. Floyd says if he didn’t, he could lose up to half a million dollars.