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Texas’ cotton industry is facing its worst harvest in years — costing the state more than $2 billion

Cotton is Texas’ largest crop, and industry experts say they expect just half the normal annual yield — which will drive up costs for consumers.

Cotton plants grow in a field while a dust storm blows ahead of a late summer thunderstorm on Aug. 29, 2022, in Terry County, Texas.
A late summer thunderstorm forms over the remnants of the 2021 cotton crop on Aug. 29, 2022, in Terry County.

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