The 2021 cotton harvest season has been delayed resulting from dangerous climate, says agronomist with the Barbados Agricultural Administration Firm, Nyah Nyhathu.
The season was to start out final Friday, he mentioned, however heavy showers affected the vegetation’ ripening levels.
“Initially we have been on track to start out on the finish of January however the rain has pushed us again tentatively for 2 weeks,” Nyhathu mentioned.
“When the water dries out of the plant, it triggers the method referred to as dehiscing, which happens when the pods break on their very own and open up. However proper now the vegetation are in a ‘vegetative’ mode; due to the quantity of moisture the vegetation have, the ripening stage we want has not been triggered. So the climate is an exterior issue actually out of our management. It’s also a difficulty for us as a result of its situations are what pests like – vegetation that look good and inexperienced and plush.
“As soon as we see indicators of senescence (growing older), when the plant is shedding water and the leaves begin to drop, [which is] an indication that the plant is prepared for harvesting, we might actively transfer to confide in the general public.”
There are seven harvesting areas throughout the island, which comprise: Fixed Farm, Sprint Valley, St George; Searles Farm, Newton, Christ Church; Mount Nice Farm, Parish Land, St Philip; Three Homes Farm, Fortesque, St Philip; Redland Farm, Wakefield, St John; Rock Corridor Farm, 4 Hill, St Peter and Bromefield Farm, Harrison, St Lucy. (SB)