Agfax Buzz:
    May 15, 2013
    seminole-cotton

    Virginia Cotton: Characteristics of Cool Planting Dates

    AgFax.Com - Your Online Ag News Source

    By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin

    The best planting conditions for cotton that we have seen all season are now here.  The cotton we are planting now is going to explode out of the ground and look very uniform and healthy. 

    So what about the early planted cotton this year?  There is no question that we have had good success from planting cotton in some borderline cool conditions here in Virginia over the years.  In fact I can only remember one or two years were we did not have to stop for a few days and wait for the cool weather to go through. 

    Nevertheless, I am pretty sure this is the first time we have had frost on the hot tub cover in the middle of May.  The one characteristic I expect a lot of the cotton that has been planted up until now to have is sporadic plant emergence. 

    It seems to me that the biological variability within each seed is amplified by cold nights such that the most vigorous seed will emerge almost like it was warm.  The weaker seed will still eventually sprout and develop only at a slower pace that will last even though bloom evidenced by delayed blooming from these plants. 

    When we get a lot of packing rain or in hard spots in the field, we will see some poor stands more often than when planting in warm conditions depending on the percentage of low cool germ seed in the bag and the coolness of the ground.  While the uniformity may be variable, timely rainfall during bloom will still produce top yields.

    Commonwealth Gin

    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 Your email will not be published or shared with third parties.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

    Rose on Cotton: Looking for the Positives This Week11-21

    Cleveland on Cotton: 57 Cents – ‘The Bottom is In’11-21

    Ag Labor: Immigration Order Provides Little Long-Term Benefit – DTN11-21

    Doane Cotton Close: Decline in Chinese Production Offers Support11-21

    AFB Cotton Close: Futures Rebound11-21

    DTN Cotton Close: Settles Higher on Light Volume11-21

    Ag Policy: Farm Bills Need Long-Term View11-21

    Cotton Market Weekly Review by Region11-21

    Arkansas Corn: Growers Investing in On-Farm Storage11-21

    DTN Cotton Open: Trades Higher after No Notices Issued11-21

    Mississippi: 7 Farm Bill Workshops Slated for December11-21

    Vilsack: Immigration Order Creates ‘Stability’ in Ag Work Force — DTN11-21

    Keith Good: What’s Next for Meat Labeling?; Sugar Prices Take Tumble11-21

    Texas Cotton Harvest – Still Some To Go – AgFax11-20

    Doane Cotton Close: Exports Continue Well Ahead of Pace11-20

    Mississippi: Water Conservation Summit, Stoneville, Dec. 1011-20

    Farm Internet Service Still Slow or Non-Existent, But Improving – DTN11-20

    AFB Cotton Close: Futures See Renewed Pressure11-20

    DTN Cotton Close: Dec. Hits 5-Year Low11-20

    U.S. Drought Outlook: Improvements Expected for California, Southwest11-20

    DTN Cotton Open: Slips to Slight Losses11-20

    U.S. Energy: Planned Refinery Maintenance Light in 201411-20

    Propane Stocks: Post Slight Increase11-20

    Gasoline Prices: Decrease by 5 Cents11-20

    Diesel Prices: Average Drops 2 Cents11-20

    Keith Good: Weather Brings Close to Upper Mississippi Shipping Season11-20

    California Crops: Yield Survey Reports On Cotton, Alfalfa And Tomatoes – AgFax11-19

    AFB Cotton Close: Unable to Break 60 Cent Resistance11-19

    Doane Cotton Close: Price Leak Continues11-19

    Farm Runoff Targeted for Regulation Following Algal Bloom Shutdown – DTN11-19

    DTN Cotton Close: Gives Back March Gains11-19

    Georgia: Diesel Prices Lowest in 4 Years11-19

    DTN Cotton Open: Futures Meander Slightly Lower11-19

    Keith Good: Farm Industry Divided over Immigration Executive Order11-19

    Farm Bill Commodity Program: Decisions and More Decisions11-18

    Doane Cotton Close: Further Price Erosion Likely11-18

    AFB Cotton Close: Futures Recover Slightly11-18

    Young Farmers: USDA is the ‘Lender of 1st Opportunity’ – DTN11-18

    DTN Cotton Close: Finishes Near Day’s Highs11-18

    Tax Extenders: Farm Groups Push Congress to Renew Section 179 This Year – DTN11-18