Virginia Cotton: Tropical Storm a Welcome Delay

    Moisture stressed cotton.

    The fast moving tropical storm is going to cause the problem that everybody has been hoping for.

    • In the drier areas, folks have been waiting on the rain before investing more into this crop.
    • Part of the region in the more northern area has been getting some rain for a couple weeks, then last Friday primed the pump for almost everywhere.
    • Now, as we expect full restorative moisture from the storm for which nobody can pronounce the name, we might have to wait another day or two.
    • After that, a lot of cotton that has not been sprayed in the last couple of weeks will be targeted for insect, pix, boron and possibly some weed control strategies.
    • The timing is good based on the crop stage with the oldest cotton finishing the third week of bloom and most of the younger is about a week or 10 days later.
    • The insect pressure has remained as some of the lowest we have had here in a decade and began increasing out of corn late last week.
    • A lot of fertilizer is still around, so if there are not enough bolls to use the resources, it will go into new growth.
    • August is beginning to look promising, but busy.



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