A bountiful crop and high prices are
raising hopes among some Kansas agriculture officials that cotton
could become a main crop in the Sunflower State.
Gary Feist is general manager of the Southern Kansas Cotton
Growers gins in Winfield and Anthony. He says everyone involved
with cotton in Kansas is smiling.
Bob Miller, a Wellington farmer who used to be speaker of the
Kansas House, says the optimism is partly because cotton prices are
the highest since the Civil War.
The National Cotton Council says world cotton futures are
nearing $1.40 a pound, up more than 75 percent since January.
The Hutchinson News reports that farmers will harvest about
55,000 cotton acres across southern Kansas this fall.