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Owen Taylor, Editor
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OVERVIEW

Here is our second of two AgFax Southeast Cotton Harvest Report for 2011, sponsored by the Southern field team of FMC Corporation.

 

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HARVEST REPORTS

Alabama, Madison and Morgan Counties, Grower: "We have picked 95% of our crop (as of 11/9). Average yield is about 700 lbs/acre."

  • What helped this season?: A dry fall.

  • What hurt this season?: Dry August, hot temperatures.

  • How are your other crops turning out?: Wheat averaged 80 bu/acre, soybeans have ranged from 15 to 40 bu/acre.


 

Florida, Santa Rosa County, Extension: "We have picked 70% of our cotton (as of 11/9). Average yield is 650 to 700 lbs/acre."

  • What helped this season?: Light insect pest pressure overall. Drought helped reduce severity of leaf disease.

  • What hurt this season?: Drought and nematodes.

  • How are your other crops turning out?: Excellent peanut crop, despite dry season.


 

Virginia, King William County, Grower, Farm Manager, Dealer Fieldman/Agronomist and Realtor: "We have picked about 68% of the cotton (as of 11/8). Average yield is about 700 lbs/acre."

  • What helped this season?: Management.

  • What hurt this season?: Drought/hurricane plus continued wet weather from early September until now.

  • Do different next year?: Grow all beans and minimize the high inputs that other crops require.

  • How are your other crops turning out?: Crops were good until the hurricane and wet fall took its toll.


 

Georgia, Sumter and Lee Counties, Grower: "Our final cotton yield was 1,250 lbs/acre."

  • What helped this season?: Good irrigation.

  • What hurt this season?: A long, hot and dry summer.

  • Do different next year?: Catch more rains, irrigate less, sell at better prices.

  • How are your other crops turning out?: Peanuts have averaged 5,310 lbs/acre. Corn averaged 227 bu/acre.


 

Georgia, Macon County, Extension: "We have harvested 50% of the crop (as of 11/7). Irrigated yields range from 2 to 2.5 bales/acre."

  • What helped this season?: Irrigation, light stinkbug pressure.

  • What hurt this season?: Glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth and  drought. .


 

Georgia, Laurens, Johnson, Bleckley and Dodge Counties, Dealer/Manager: "We have picked 45% of our crop (as of 11/7). Average yield is about 550 lbs/acre."

  • What helped this season?: Dry harvest weather.

  • What hurt this season?: Lack of rain, excessive heat, pigweed.

  • Do different next year?: Plant early, better pigweed control.

  • How are your other crops turning out?: Peanuts are fair, corn was very good and soybeans are awful.


 

Virginia, Suffolk County, Grower: "We have picked 40% of our crop (as of 11/7). Cotton is averaging about 500 lbs/acre."

  • What helped this season?: Hurricane rains.

  • What hurt this season?: Hurricane winds and rains.

  • How are your other crops turning out?: Soybeans are average at best.


 

Georgia, Evans County, Extension: "We have picked about 60% of the crop (as of 11/7). Dryland cotton is averaging about 650 lbs/acre, while irrigated is averaging about 1,200."

  • What helped this season?: Lack of bollrot, lack of insect pressure.

  • What hurt this season?: Dry soil conditions at planting, lack of timely rainfall during emergence and boll set.

  • Do different next year?: We will take a hard look at the yields of the newer varieties to determine how they hold up under dry weather stress.

  • How are your other crops turning out?: Fair to good.


 

North Carolina, Chowan County, Grower: "We've picked 65% of the crop (as of 11/7). Average yield, so far, is about 750 lbs/acre.

  • What helped this season?: Irrigation.

  • What hurt this season?: The growing season was too hot and dry. Our harvest season began with Hurricane Irene, and now it's too cloudy and wet.

  • How are your other crops turning out?: Peanuts are above average.


 

Alabama, Baldwin County, Dealer Fieldman/Agronomist: "We have picked 50% of the crop (as of 11/7). Cotton is averaging 800 to 1,000 lbs/acre."

  • What helped this season?: Low worm pressure.

  • What hurt this season?: Dry planting conditions and growing conditions prior to first flower.

  • Do different next year?: Split-applying potash and maybe some foliar potash applications.

  • How are your other crops turning out?: Fair.

 

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Alabama, Dale, Coffee and Pike Counties, Grower: "We have picked about 85% of the crop (as of 11/7). Average yield is about 900 lbs/acre."

  • What helped this season?: Irrigation, price.

  • What hurt this season?: Heat, drought.

  • Do different next year?: Conserve as much moisture as possible.

  • How are your other crops turning out?: Peanut yields and grades are all over the place. It could have been worse, though.


 

Georgia, Colquitt, Worth, Dougherty and Mitchell Counties, Grower and Farm Manager: "We have harvested about 60% of the crop (as of 11/6). Average yield, so far, is about 700 lbs/acre."

  • What hurt this season?: Dry weather, heat.

  • How are your other crops turning out?: Fair to poor.


 

North Carolina, Johnston and Wilson Counties, Grower: "We have picked about 80% of the crop (as of 11/6). Cotton is averaging about 1,050 lbs/acre."

  • What helped this season?: Easy time getting a stand, had some areas that received timely rains.

  • What hurt this season?: Drought at crucial period in some areas.

  • Do different next year?: We may grow some LL cotton. I may market more of it myself in lieu of co-op.

  • How are your other crops turning out?: Tobacco was 70% of normal, soybeans are going to be above average.


 

Alabama, Madison County, Grower: "We have picked about 80% of our crop (as of 11/6). Cotton is averaging 800 lbs/acre."

  • What helped this season?: Rain.

  • What hurt this season?: Dry spell in June with 90 degrees, hot and dry conditions in the last two weeks in August. April 27 tornadoes and 8 inches of rain caused us to replant about 40% of the crop, and the rest was planted late due to wet weather. We had some plant bug damage.

  • Do different next year?: Probably plant more no-till due to weather, especially wind storms. Will evaluate seed varieties when harvest is completed.

  • How are your other crops turning out?: Only had beans behind wheat, and they are 20-plus bu/acre. A dry August hurt beans.

        

LINKS

Georgia: Midville Cotton Variety Trials 11-08. Eddie McGriff, On The Farm

 

Georgia Cotton: On--Farm Variety Trials And Variety Shares In 2011 11-06. On The Farm, Coffee County

   

Doane Closing Cotton Commentary

     

DTN Cotton: Open | Close

  


 

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