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

Cotton planting. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

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 behind on normal chores which perhaps is normal, in of itself.  

Rain certainly causes delays, but most of our memories of the real problems and bad seasons are more related to the dry periods.  So given this reality, we are actually better off being behind than being caught up.

The heaviest rains of the weekend surpassing two inches were around Rocky Hock Back to Procter’s Bridge; then from Joyner’s Bridge back towards Carrsville, and along the Meherrin River.

The dry spot was the Nottoway river basin.  Most everywhere else ranged from a half inch to an inch total.  Rain Tuesday morning seems heavier along the State line up to Rt. 58.

While it is certainly not too late to plant cotton this week, it is imperative to select varieties that by their very nature are early maturing fast fruiting varieties.  Depending on Tuesday’s final totals, we should have a shot at finishing all of the acreage.  While there are some rules that indicate cutoff dates, from a practical standpoint, it looks like it is going to depend on what happens early next week which is the next chance of significant rain.  So at this point, IF you have a good bit of cotton to plant – The Fat Lady has not sung…yet.  Overall, the good thing is in front of us.

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