Well, the proverbial hay is in the barn...so to speak. Got our brown-colored cotton harvested, and it is at the gin waiting to be cleaned and baled. That's the good news. Bad news is it was not easy to get it to harvest.
A very dry 40 days of no significant rain from early July to late August limited the fruiting of the cotton plant as this particular variety matured earlier than we anticipated. Working with a brand new variety of cotton, we didn't know what we were dealing with. Planting only ten acres, it was almost not a large enough patch to harvest.
Excessive late rains made the cotton plants grow rapidly and much larger than we'd like for our cotton strippers to handle. There was much regrowth of leaves on the plants, as well, causing more greenness than is preferred. Long story short, it is at the gin, but we've had multiple obstacles trying to get it ready, harvested, and ginned. Fingers are crossed, hopefully it is ginned soon. Our first attempt at growing colored-cotton is one we will never forget.