Virginia Cotton: Rapid Progress Expected

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    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.



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