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Virginia Cotton: Cindy May Not Bring as Much Rain as Feared

Virginia Cotton: Cindy May Not Bring as Much Rain as Feared

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔Jun 23, 2017

Here at the end of a moisture restoring week, we Ag folks are looking at the current weather forecast hoping to miss this next chance of rain for the weekend. The forecast is a bit of a different story today

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Virginia Cotton: Still Planting? Pick Early Maturing, Fast Fruiting Variety.

Virginia Cotton: Still Planting? Pick Early Maturing, Fast Fruiting Variety.

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔May 30, 2017

The Memorial weekend is both a time of reverence for the men and women who have sacrificed for our Liberty as well as a celebration for the kickoff for the summer.  This year in agriculture, we find ourselves a bit

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Virginia Cotton: Spray for Thrips at First True Leaf

Virginia Cotton: Spray for Thrips at First True Leaf

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔May 26, 2017

As May transitions into June, the top 2 cotton priorities will be to finish planting, and spraying for thrips on cotton that was planted more than 2 or 3 weeks ago.  A few folks are trying to get some medium varieties

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Virginia Cotton: After 10 Day Planting Delay, Back to Normal in Just 2 Days

Virginia Cotton: After 10 Day Planting Delay, Back to Normal in Just 2 Days

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔May 11, 2017

Well, after what looked like a complete lock up for cotton planters for a 10 day period, we are now moving back to a pretty typical planting pattern for our region much sooner than we thought just two days ago. 

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Virginia Cotton: What Are the Pros and Cons of Planting Early?

Virginia Cotton: What Are the Pros and Cons of Planting Early?

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔Apr 27, 2017

Back in the 90’s, our goal was to push cotton planting as early as possible, even with the idea of getting as much in before May 5th as possible. This was not wrong based on the trends and technology for

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Virginia Cotton: Soil Fertility and the Need for Potassium

Virginia Cotton: Soil Fertility and the Need for Potassium

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔Apr 21, 2017

Potassium fertility in cotton is pretty well understood.  Our prime farmland has good residual levels such that we are in maintenance programs to replace what our crops are removing.  A big area of focus relates to the soil types and

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Virginia Cotton: Preliminary looks at Planting

Virginia Cotton: Preliminary looks at Planting

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔Apr 17, 2017

This is the week I have been waiting for; not only is it the beginning of the daily radio broadcast with WLQM (101.7FM) radio (12:30pm), but April 20 is on Thursday of this week and that is the traditional calendar

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Virginia Cotton: April Offers Corn Planting Weather – May is for Cotton

Virginia Cotton: April Offers Corn Planting Weather – May is for Cotton

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔Apr 7, 2017

Warm, calm and dry conditions are  expected to last from Saturday through about the middle of next week. The idea of drier than normal conditions is certainly being talked about, and while nobody likes to see these rough winds, we

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Virginia: Cotton a Good Choice Whether Yields Good or Average in 2017

Virginia: Cotton a Good Choice Whether Yields Good or Average in 2017

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔Feb 24, 2017

The Virginia state wide cotton meeting yesterday sponsored by the Virginia Cotton Growers Association was well attended and the program was well worth the total investment of a full day. It’s clear that if we are headed for a good

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Virginia Cotton: Looking Forward to More Variety Choices

Virginia Cotton: Looking Forward to More Variety Choices

👤By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin 🕔Jan 11, 2017

The year is starting out pretty interesting. We have some strong candidates going forward for variety selection. Several old standby varieties remain at the top, and we are getting some challengers from the newer varieties. One of the assumptions many

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