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Look to soil temp, not calendar, for optimal planting time

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Cotton farmers should look to soil temperature rather than the calendar for optimal planting time, according to Louisiana State University AgCenter experts. Cotton is usually planted between mid-April and mid-May in Louisiana; however, recent cooler temperatures may have slowed seasonal spring soil warming and could significantly affect the critical germination period required for the tropical plant. That is why it ... Read More »

Tips To Establish A Healthy Stand

alabama cotton

As we approach cotton-planting season, growers should be aware of all factors influencing initial crop establishment. By now, most have already selected varieties. It is time to focus on pieces of information that can assist you in making decisions during the planting process. When planting season rolls around, folks get busy. I encourage you to pay close attention to the ... Read More »

NCC survey: U.S. producers will plant 13 million acres in 2020

planting cotton

U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 13 million cotton acres this spring, down 5.5% from 2019 (based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s February 2020 estimate), according to the National Cotton Council’s 39th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. Upland cotton intentions are 12.8 million acres, down 5.6% from 2019, while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of 224,000 acres represent a ... Read More »

Manage regrowth prevent pest carryover to next season

cotton regrowth

• By Ethan Carter • The second week of November has finally brought cold temperatures to the Florida Panhandle, something needed to kill regrowth in cotton fields. The past several years, we have had increasingly warm winters with few to no hard freezes. As a result, pest populations that would have otherwise diminished during the winter have remained at high ... Read More »

Ideal Weather Needed For Mississippi Cotton Crop To Rebound

wet ground mississippi

All of Mississippi’s 2019 cotton crop has emerged, but it’s off to a slow start. Of approximately 700,000 acres of cotton planted statewide this year, 57% is rated fair or worse by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as of July 8. The crop’s delayed progress is a familiar refrain among Mississippi farmers this year: Wet weather significantly delayed planting. In ... Read More »

Texas High Plains Crops Suffer After Too Much Moisture At Planting

struggling cotton seedling

While rainfall is important for crop production, the amounts falling across the High Plains have negatively impacted row crops and agricultural operations, with potential effects extending into the summer growing season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, says a significant amount of this year’s cotton has been affected by ... Read More »