Drought takes toll on country’s largest cotton producer


              A farmer works on his cotton field, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, near Cotton Center, Texas. Drought and extreme heat have severely damaged much of the cotton harvest in the U.S., which produces roughly 35% of the world's crop. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Farmer Barry Evans walks through a struggling cotton crop, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Kress, Texas. Evans, like many other cotton growers, has walked away from more than 2,000 acres of his bone-dry fields. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              An unopened cotton boll struggles in a field near Plainvew, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. Drought and extreme heat have severely damaged much of the cotton harvest in the U.S., which produces roughly 35% of the world's crop. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Dust flies as a farmer plows over a failed cotton field, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, in Halfway, Texas. Drought and extreme heat have severely damaged much of the cotton harvest in the U.S., which produces roughly 35% of the world's crop. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Workers make repairs as gins sit idle at Quarterly Cotton Growers, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, near Plainview, Texas. Drought and extreme heat have severely damaged much of the cotton harvest in the U.S., which produces roughly 35% of the world's crop. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Todd Straley, who manages the cotton gins at Quarterly Cotton Growers, walks past idle machines, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, near Plainview, Texas. Straley expects to process a fraction of the cotton he normally sees. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Low yielding cotton plants grow in a field, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, near Plainview, Texas. Drought and extreme heat have severely damaged much of the cotton harvest in the U.S., which produces roughly 35% of the world's crop. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Cotton struggles in a field near an off irrigation system, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, near Plainview, Texas. Drought and extreme heat have severely damaged much of the cotton harvest in the U.S., which produces roughly 35% of the world's crop. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Cotton bolls sit on the ground after a field was plowed over, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, near Kress, Texas. Extreme heat and a dearth of rainfall have severely damaged much of this year's cotton harvest in the U.S., which produces about 35% of the world's crop. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Farmer Barry Evans examines the soil at a cotton crop he shredded and planted over with wheat, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Kress, Texas. Extreme heat and a dearth of rainfall have severely damaged much of this year's cotton harvest in the U.S., which produces about 35% of the world's crop. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              A shredded cotton field sits idle, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, near Plainview, Texas. Extreme heat and a dearth of rainfall have severely damaged much of this year's cotton harvest in the U.S., which produces about 35% of the world's crop. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Cotton that did not survive is shown on the farm of Barry Evans on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Kress, Texas. Evans, like many other cotton growers, has walked away from more than 2,000 acres of his bone-dry fields. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              A dust devil blows across a shredded cotton field, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, near Halfway, Texas. Extreme heat and a dearth of rainfall have severely damaged much of this year's cotton harvest in the U.S., which produces about 35% of the world's crop. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Farmer Barry Evans looks over a cotton crop he shredded and planted over with wheat, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Kress, Texas. Evans, like many other cotton growers, has walked away from more than 2,000 acres of his bone-dry fields. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Farmer Barry Evans drops dusty soil from a cotton crop he shredded and planted over with wheat, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Kress, Texas. Evans, like many other cotton growers, has walked away from more than 2,000 acres of his bone-dry fields. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              Low yielding cotton plants grow at sunset, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022, near Cotton Center, Texas. Drought and extreme heat have severely damaged much of the cotton harvest in the U.S., which produces roughly 35% of the world's crop. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Drought takes toll on country’s largest cotton producer