Virginia Cotton: Planting and Spraying Priorities

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There are a bunch of items to discuss relating to cotton this week.

  • The most glaring idea is that the market is moving into some interesting territory that changes the profitability levels of the crop from that of just making a good living to actually being able to get some of the debt from the bad years of 2015 and 2016 taken care of.
  • However, for most farmers, good risk management requires locking in profitable levels which was happening back in March.
  • Now with the prospects of better pricing opportunities, switching some fields to cotton from soybeans will make a lot of sense.

Now that brings us to the other items, all of which are being challenged from the recent rains and the continued wet forecast.

  • Cotton planting and cotton spraying are both in front of us, and for many local farming operations, it is just too wet to make either one happen.
  • I think with three issues in front of us, I would put spraying resistant weeds as the top priority.
  • The second priority is to finish planting, and spraying for thrips would be the third priority in fields that do not have a weed concern.

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