By admin       2017-09-14

The first bale of cotton reported in Franklin Parish was grown by a family which hasn’t planted the crop in 12 years.That’s good news for Todd Guimbellot and his family who like many other farmers here are struggling against problems created by the weather and low prices.Guimbellot called The Franklin Sun on Monday, Aug. 28, to report that Guimbellot Farm had harvested the cotton to qualify for the first-bale honor in the annual competition sponsored by the Winnsboro-Franklin Parish Chamber of Commerce.The cotton was harvested on Aug. 22, and is being held for ginning at Browning Gin. Once ginned and baled, it will be warehoused at Franklin Cotton Warehouse.“This is the first time in 12 years our farm has had cotton,” said Guimbellot who farms with his brother David, and David’s son John.Guimbellot and his brother are fifth generation farmers. John is part of the sixth generation.The Guimbellots, along with Dillon Barfield who reported the first load of corn, will receive special honors at the upcoming 20th annual Salute to Franklin Parish Farmers which is hosted by the Chamber. Cash awards will be presented in recognition of the honors.The cotton for the first bale was grown from the Stoneville variety. Guimbellot also reported the first bloom earlier this year. The crop was grown on property owned by the family of the late Charles Buie.Guimbellot said other cotton grown by Guimbellot Farm is an Extend variety which was developed to be resistant to the herbicide Dicamba, which makes it possible to control weeds around the cotton without affecting the cotton itself.When The Sun caught up with Guimbellot Monday evening, he was just coming in from the field where he was harvesting corn.We’re still cutting corn,” Guimbellot said. He said the farm still had about 1000 acres of corn in the field and also has about 2000 acres of soybeans.They planted 840 acres in cotton.Like other local farmers, the Guimbellots have experienced setbacks and challenges from the weather, dealing with excessive rainfall at times, and a windstorm in July which laid some of the corn crop down.“Our yield was definitely affected by the weather,” Guimbellot said about the outlook for their harvest this year. The soybeans are most affected because of the quality,” he said.He said that because of the weather, the corn is being harvested in less than ideal conditions due to grass problems.We’ve definitely had a yield loss because of the weather,” he said.Prices are definitely down,” he added.Guimbellot said prices were at about $3.50 for corn and $9.50 for soybeans.Cotton prices are holding their own around 70 cents,” he said.With prices down, Guimbellot and other farmers are looking to yields to help make up the difference

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