Virginia Cotton: Michael – Rain Delays but Not Much Else Expected

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The Tropical weather in the Gulf that has been named Michael will have fallen apart by the time it reaches the east coast.  It will still be a rain event bringing a couple of inches +/- but minimal wind.

  • It is also interesting how fast it will be moving compared to the way systems have been for the last several years. It will only be raining all the time for about 4 hours but we expect another day at 50% off and on showers.
  • A strong cold front will push in early next week bringing more normal October weather.
  • I am not expecting any hard lock conditions from this storm or any significant concern for quality decline or cotton blowing out on the ground.  Overall, it simply looks like a delay.
  • My approach for cotton would be to defoliate everything that is mature before the system and just wait for the late cotton to finish up after it passes through on the next pretty weather pattern.
  • We are not likely to see any warm weather but we will still be in the low 70’s, and low 50’s for a string of days developing the middle of next week. That will require a recipe adjustment.
  • Also, cotton defoliated after this system will be slower to get ready for picking.

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