Agfax Buzz:
    April 19, 2012

    Virginia Cotton: There are Reasons to Plant Early

    AgFax.Com - Your Online Ag News Source

    By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin, Windsor, Virginia. http://commonwealthgin.com

    April 20 is the unofficial calendar day for the beginning of our local cotton planting season.

    In modern cotton production, we have a 40-day window for planting that extends through the entire month of May.  We have had better production from our later planting dates for two years in a row, but there are still a lot of reasons to plant a portion of the cotton acreage early.

    For one, we never know when the summer rains will hit or how warm it will be in September and October.  The second main reason to plant some acres early is to be able to start picking some fields early.

    Even with a few incentives to plant a portion early, nobody will be tempted to plant into the cool wet weather we are expecting to develop the first of next week.

    While the weekend, especially Saturday, is going to be nice, there will be some mighty frigid air arriving late Sunday.  All of this is supposed to end by Wednesday of next week and I am hoping that we will get some planters moving by the middle to the end of next week — unless things change.

    Long-term forecasting is predicting above average temperatures and below average moisture for early May.






    Tags: ,

    Leave a Reply

    Name and Email Address are required fields. Your email will not be published or shared with third parties.

    Agfax Cotton News

    Mississippi: MSU Wild Hog Research Needs Foresters, Farmers7-29

    Texas Crop Weather: Fall Armyworms Out Early Due to Unseasonable Rains7-29

    Virginia Cotton: 1 Spray or 2 for Insects?7-29

    Georgia Cotton: Spots Found on Lower Leaves7-29

    DTN Cotton Open: Trades Lower in Early Going7-29

    Mississippi: Bollworm Counts at High Levels7-29

    Alabama Cotton: Spider Mite Control Proves Tricky7-29

    Keith Good: Bugs’ Resistance to GMO Corn in Brazil Proving Costly7-29

    California: Over 75% of Cotton Has Set Bolls – USDA7-28

    Virginia: Tornado Damages Crop, Conditions Lower Than Last Year7-28

    Doane Cotton Close: Rebounds from Oversold Conditions7-28

    Arkansas: Rice Heading, Heat Units Need in Some Areas – USDA7-28

    Mississippi: Crops Look Good, Rains Prevent Some Field Work – USDA7-28

    Oklahoma: Crop Conditions Positive Despite Triple-Digit Temps – USDA7-28

    Texas: Cotton Squaring, Forming Bolls, Sugarcane Aphids Will in Sorghum – USDA7-28

    Alabama: Scattered Rainfall, Army Worms In Certain Areas – USDA7-28

    North Carolina: Rains Benefit Crops, Slow Field Work – USDA7-28

    AFB Cotton Close: Moves Higher in Narrow Range7-28

    Crop Progress: Corn, Soybean Conditions Decline, Still at Historical Highs – DTN7-28

    Arizona: Cotton Squaring Complete, Winter Wheat Harvested – USDA7-28

    DTN Cotton Close: Higher on Suspected Weekend Business7-28

    Tennessee: Keeping Up with Insecticide Names, Ingredients7-28

    Florida: Corn Harvest Slowed by Wet Conditions – USDA7-28

    DTN Fertilizer Outlook: Domestic Ammonia Prices Down Slightly7-28

    DTN Cotton Open: Trades Modestly Ahead7-28

    Tennessee Cotton: Crunch Time for Insect Management7-28

    Flint on Crops: Challenges for Farmers Keep Coming, Keep Changing7-28

    Kentucky: Biosolids Becoming Viable Fertilizer Option7-28

    Keith Good: July 1 Cattle, Calf Inventory Comes in at Historic Low7-28

    California Cotton Moving Quickly, Aphids And Whitefly Around – AgFax7-27

    California Cotton: Crop Setting Up Along 2 Very Different Paths7-26

    California Cotton: Heat Effects, PGR Decisions7-26

    Texas Cotton: Lygus Uptick Noted – Hale And Swisher Counties7-26

    USDA Commentary: Weekly Cotton Markets, Weather by Region7-25

    Rose on Cotton: No Pleasure in this Market Made for Bears7-25

    Georgia Cotton: Aphids Down, Plant Bugs Still Around7-25

    Doane Cotton Close: Futures Continue Lower After Midweek Rally7-25

    South Carolina Cotton, Soybeans: Insects on the Rise7-25

    Mississippi Cotton: Transform Efficacy on Aphids Decreases with Cool Temps7-25

    AFB Cotton Close: Sell-Off Continues7-25