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Dry Spring Causes Cotton Management Challenges

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Rain in the forecast is a welcome change from the lingering dry conditions Alabama producers have battled this spring. Producers generally plant cotton between April 20 and the first week of June. Although early spring weather was conducive for planting, the end of May was hot and dry, creating significant challenges for stand establishment. Alabama Extension cotton specialist Dr. Steve ... Read More »

Studies Find No Yield Benefit To Higher Plant Populations

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As seed prices rise, growers must be increasingly mindful of the density and configuration of cotton in their fields. However, current cotton plant population recommendations aren’t always helpful or based on the latest research. Experts often offer guidance, rather than direct answers, and discuss both seeding rates and plant population, which can be confusing. Experts also recommend seeding in excess ... Read More »

Making The Cotton Replanting Decision

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• By Shawn Butler, Graduate Research Assistant and Tyson Raper, Cotton & Small Grains Specialist • Adverse conditions experienced during or after cotton planting can negatively impact cotton seedlings and result in seedling death. If severe, stresses can reduce stands to unprofitable yield potentials. Read More »

NC State Launches New Cotton Planting Forecast Tool

NC State planting calculator

A new, very impressive cotton planting conditions calculator has been created by Dr. Guy Collins and Dr. Keith Edmisten with help from the Climatology Office at North Carolina State University. In this post, I highlight a few of the features and provide an example of how the calculator works. Over the past several days, I’ve visited with individuals using this ... Read More »

Tips To Establish A Good, Healthy Stand

Quick Start

The good news of more rain and snow and an improved water supply situation has been a highlight of the year so far. However, rainy weather patterns that were holding through most of March had many wondering if we were going to get some decent cotton planting conditions this spring. It finally looks like the rain and snow have started ... Read More »

Tips To Promote A Successful Stand

Quick Start

Harvest activities have come to an end in the Texas High Plains, and fieldwork has picked up. As we continue planning for the upcoming season, one of the most important decisions our growers have to make relates to variety choice. Fertility, insecticide and herbicide programs have some flexibility and can be adjusted during the growing season to address specific challenges ... Read More »

Prepare Now For Planting Season

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Planting season will soon be upon us for the 2019 cotton season, and decisions are being made about the proper time to plant. The temperature experienced by the seed during the first critical hours and days after planting will to a large extent determine emergence and eventual stand establishment. Optimum soil temperatures for seed germination are between 60 and 65 ... Read More »