Virginia Cotton: More Rain Please

Another cool front headed our way for Wednesday evening is predicting some decent rain amounts for spots. We have some dry places right now where it looks like the cotton is completely locked up with signs of blooms getting high. Some of this ‘dry’ cotton has not even had a good rain sense the top dress has been applied.

  • As bad as the forecast looked Monday, rain tonight would be a gift from God if these dry areas can get it. Fields like this need a series of showers to relieve this locked up appearance, but any rain will be appreciated.
  • About a third of the state got some good rain last week that has this cotton looking much different. However even though this cotton is growing, it does not look wild and has a very good fruit load.
  • A few fields are hitting some bug thresholds and some are getting sprayed to clean it up, but overall damage is low-ish. Fields with higher bug numbers seem to have a corn field close by more times than not.
  • At any rate, we are paying more attention to insects and probably adding some yield by addressing these scattered fields.
  • The big insect increase is still not here as we will begin to add stinkbugs and worms to the conversation in late July and August. Because of the advanced season, we probably could see the moth flight build up earlier than normal.
  • One variety that needs to be managed like the old days is 333. I would rather not spray any insecticides during this lull on 333 prior to the moth flight unless you get a significant bug infestation based on scouting. We need those beneficials to do their job for these scattered moths in that variety.
  • I’m not as concerned about worms in the 3 gene technology. The BollGuard 2 is somewhere in the middle.

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