Virginia Cotton: Growth, Squaring Advance

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Our cotton crop is responding to soil moisture and heat. Growth and node development are noticeable and it is beginning to make a good number of squares.

  • We are still are more than 2 weeks from a bloom on even the first planted cotton.
  • Beginning now and lasting until we have been blooming for about 3 weeks, we will be thinking about growth regulators and plant bugs.
  • Pix management has always gotten a lot of conversation and there is not always a consensus about what growth strategy fits best.
  • This year, our crop was planted about 2 weeks later than average and our soil moisture has promoted good growth when it hasn’t been too wet. These two factors make me favor the early application strategy rather than waiting for it to get big.
  • It is also time to start scouting for those plant bugs with a sweep net and making sure we are holding 80% of our squares prior to bloom.
  • I would generally expect a slow buildup over the state, but those hot spots will not be a surprise based on the last few years.

Hey but it is 2020 and I don’t think anything will surprise me. Random field surveys will begin this week so we will soon have a broad benchmark for where things stand on the front side.  IPM strategies by definition create the highest profit by controlling pests based on thresholds.




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