This cotton field on U.S. Highway 61 will soon be harvested. Early October rains that could have devastated the state’s cotton crop seem only to have delayed harvest of what should be near-record yields. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated the cotton harvest was a little behind schedule, with just 33 percent of the fields harvested by Oct. 7. However, they rate 67 percent of the crop in good or excellent condition and another 24 percent fair. USDA estimates Mississippi’s cotton yield at 1,012 pounds per acre, which is 12 pounds shy of the record set in 2004. The state’s average yield is about 950 pounds an acre. A bale weighs 480 pounds.