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SPECIALISTS SPEAKING: Harvest Finishes On Positive Note

MISSOURI Mike Milam milammr@missouri.edu HARVEST CONTINUES IN BOOTHEEL According to the Missouri Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week ending, Nov. 10, cotton harvested was 64 percent complete, 18 days behind last year and 17 days behind normal. There was a lot of variability among fields and within fields. Many producers only need a week or less to get ... Read More »

Yearly Harvest Request? Good Weather

Missouri’s cotton producers are ready to get this crop out of the field. However, they will need to wait longer than usual. According to the Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week ending Sept. 15, cotton opening bolls were 10 percent complete, 33 days behind last year and 24 days behind normal. Read More »

Encouraging Signs For 2013 Crop

MISSOURI Mike Milam milammr@missouri.edu HOPE FOR MISSOURI’S COTTON CROP Missouri’s cotton harvest finally began in early October. We are still two to three weeks later than normal. Harvest got off to a good start before showers shut us down. One observation is that we had an excellent fall for the cotton to mature out more of the top bolls. Many ... Read More »

It’s Time To Prepare For Defoliation

At this time, our cotton is about two weeks behind our normal development. Much of the cotton growing area has had about six inches of rain or more within the last month, with most of it coming in two weeks. We normally refer to the July and August rains as “million dollar” rains because it helps revive the non-irrigated cotton, and it lowers irrigation costs. Read More »

Crop Needs Some Help To Finish

MISSOURI Mike Milam milammr@missouri.edu CROP TRYING TO CATCH UP According to the Crop Progress and Condition report for the week ending July 14, cotton squaring was 62 percent complete, 16 days behind last year and 11 days behind normal. Cotton setting bolls was 19 percent complete, one day ahead of last year but four days behind normal. Cotton condition was ... Read More »

Late Crop Making Good Progress

MISSOURI Mike Milam milammr@missouri.edu PLENTY OF MOISTURE FOR GROWTH Missouri producers ran out of time to get the seed in the ground. A large portion of the crop is planted later than we would like to see. To summarize our planting season by week, we had two percent planted, then 12 percent, then 58 percent and finally 93 percent by ... Read More »

Weather Delays Pose Challenges

MISSOURI Mike Milam milammr@missouri.edu PLANTING HAS BEEN DIFFICULT It does not take too much of a reminder to realize that we are not in control. According to the Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week ending May 12, cotton planted was 12 percent. Last year, we were at 68 percent and a week ahead of normal. Cool, wet soils ... Read More »