Virginia Cotton: Micronaire Primary Source of Quality Concern Nov 1, 2019

🕔Nov 1, 2019Harvest approaches two thirds complete.  Ginning is about 2 and a half weeks behind the call-in dates.  Our gins are operating at record pace which is helping us keep our […]

Virginia Cotton: Harvest Advancing Fast Oct 11, 2019

🕔Oct 11, 2019Cotton harvest is in full throttle now and we are about 20% harvested. Often at peak picking time, we can get almost 25% per week with no stopping, although with […]

Virginia Cotton: Unprecedented Hot Weather for Defoliation Sep 26, 2019

🕔Sep 26, 2019As October approaches, we are now moving to the more normal period for defoliation and by the end of next week, we will perhaps start to see some fall temperatures […]

Virginia Cotton: Forecast Looks Good for Defoliation Sep 20, 2019

🕔Sep 20, 2019There is a lot of agreement in the computer weather forecasts that the next 2 weeks will be characterized by warm to hot weather, a lot of sunshine, and almost […]

Virginia Cotton: Weather Looking Better for Defoliation Sep 17, 2019

🕔Sep 17, 2019The weather this week seems like a gift compared to what the forecast said last week. Hey, nobody is complaining even though peanuts that have missed all of the hurricane […]

Virginia Cotton: Uncertain Weather a Concern for Early Fields Sep 13, 2019

🕔Sep 13, 2019This is a unique cotton season in that it is the earliest good crop we have ever had. The magic number for cotton heat units is 2100 DD-60’s and we […]

Virginia Cotton: The ‘Art’ of Defoliation, Plus a Few Rules Sep 10, 2019

🕔Sep 10, 2019Prior to harvest, cotton must be defoliated to improve picker performance, cotton quality, module storage, and yield.  The timing of this strategy is as much of an art as it […]

Virginia Cotton: Defoliation Season Should Begin Early Aug 27, 2019

🕔Aug 27, 2019Our advanced 2019 cotton crop has begun to show off in August this year with a good amount of boll opening all over the region and particularly in the first […]

Virginia Cotton: Do ‘Cutout’ and ‘Insect Safe’ Mean the Same Thing? Aug 21, 2019

🕔Aug 21, 2019I believe the most important distinction we need to make for cotton currently is in determining when the crop has cut out. Sometimes we talk about cutout being after cotton […]

Virginia Cotton: Moving Into The Pre-Defoliation Slot Aug 20, 2019

🕔Aug 20, 2019The corn pickers are beginning to move, and the overall landscape of agriculture is beginning to change as we begin to enter those late August days of the growing season. […]

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