The Cokers are “very pleased” with how the crop is shaping up this year, Bill says. “We were a bit worried when we got the long stretch of 100-degrees-plus days and no rain from mid-June to mid-July. But going into September, everything is looking good.

“The way the crop is going, with all the extra DD-60s we’ve had, we may defoliate some about mid-September and start picking late September.”

Their 2009 crop turned out better than they had expected, given the almost daily deluges that occurred.

“On Sept. 1 last year, we had two-bale or better potential,” Bill says. “Over the next 20 days we got 20 inches of rain. It was a mess. We thought we’d be lucky to get one-third bale, but we ended up with one and a third bales. Again, we think the later planting was a factor because a lot of the bolls weren’t open during the worst of the rains. The more open the cotton was, the more it was hurt.”

They have mixed emotions about the new $2 billion Toyota plant that has been built less than 10 miles away, and its impact on the area’s agriculture.

“There was a bubble of land speculation after the announcement,” Larry says. “Prices quadrupled overnight.

“Three-fourths of our land is rented, the rest we own. We aren’t actively looking for any more land, particularly at ‘Toyota prices,’ but we wouldn’t say no to some more acreage if we got an attractive deal.”