We usually expect a cool week to follow a warm week this time of the year when we are getting started with our peanut and cotton planting. Well, that ain’t going to happen this year.
- Unseasonably warm weather during the last few days of April and the first week of May will be followed by above normal temperatures during the second week of May.
- A lot of planting progress is going to be made as long as the rainfall remains favorable.
- It actually brings up the question of “Can we plant too quickly?” In fact, with the planting power we have geared up with for our challenging years, I think I would answer that question with a ‘yes’.
- I would not like to have all of my cotton planted during the first week of May because we have had so much success with later planting.
- However, I would definitely want to take advantage of these wonderful conditions to get a lot planted over the next 10 days. We often get some temperature or rainfall event that will slow us down, but if that doesn’t happen, we are going to get a lot done in the next couple of weeks. However, you never know when the forecast is going to be wrong and everything flips upside down.
- One thing to watch for as you plant is emerged weeds. I am seeing more than normal. Take advantage of the conditions to clean things up before the cotton comes up which is going to be fast.
- FINAL comment – watch those burndown dates and waiting intervals. Burndown was later than average and planting is earlier.