Virginia Cotton: Rain Gave 90% Coverage, More at End of Week

Thrips damaged cotton. Photo: Andrew Sawyer, University of Georgia

It’s interesting how the season has already changed.

  • We had a good beginning with temperature and moisture, and it was looking like everything would be early.
  • Then came the dry weather and some issues with poor seed quality that initially went undetected, both resulting in poor emergence in some fields.
  • The dry weather is also being given some credit for poor performance of the liquid in-furrow application of AdmirePro and other liquid materials for thrips control resulting primarily in maturity delays. Where the AdmirePro came into contact with the seed, the control is excellent.
  • Some theories point to resistance although I believe the better explanation for failure of in-furrow is that the sidewalls of the seed furrow were caving in on the seed before the admire pro spray hit the seed. If we had resistance, it would also show up in seed treatments.
  • Now that we got the rain, the stands will improve but will have two stages of cotton in the field plus we will have some replanting or late planting.
  • The summary of all of this is that we will have a lot of early cotton that will need nitrogen, Pix and plant bug attention earlier than normal. But in addition, we will have a little bit of late cotton that could be several weeks behind the early stuff.
  • I think as farmers walk their fields this week, we will learn more details of some of the practices that are producing prettier cotton. However, pretty cotton early, while desirable, is not essential. It matters a whole lot more how pretty it is in the end.

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