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Can this year’s late-planted cotton crop
catch up in the next two months?

 

Sam Stuckey
Producer
Clarkedale, Ark.

We’ve had late crops before so this isn’t anything new for us. If we get a favorable August and September, we should make a normal yield. We’ll control the weeds as best as we can. I also think we’ll have efficient growing conditions if we have temperatures in the low 90s along with some timely rains. What we have to avoid are the high evening temperatures, which cause the crop to just shut down. We’re looking at a narrow harvest window, but we can still make some good cotton.
 
 
Bill Robertson
Agronomist
National Cotton Council

If you look back through the years, we’ve had plenty of crops that were planted late and ended up doing well. We just have to increase our management of the crop. We will have a smaller fruiting window for this cotton and need to make sure the plant retains as much fruit as possible. Then, we need for Mother Nature to give us a good fall season, and that’s when we can make up a lot of lost ground.
 
 
Rickey Bearden
Producer
Plains, Texas

If we can get some timely rains here on the High Plains, it will make things better for us. I don’t have any dryland cotton because we never could get any rain to make it  come out of the ground. We had to give up on it around June 20. Our irrigated cotton looks pretty good. It’s been beaten up, but it’s hanging in there. From now until harvest, it will be a balancing act. We’ll push the crop for all it’s worth, but everything hinges on late August and early September. If we have a hot September, it will go a long way toward helping us make cotton. We simply have to stay on top of this crop and hope for the best.
 
 
Billy Carter
N.C. Cotton Producers Association
Nashville, N.C.

Whatever caused this cotton crop to be planted late definitely needs to go away. You don’t want that problem hanging around. For instance, if it’s been too wet, you need some dry weather. Beyond that, you need to manage the crop as well as possible and keep it clean with no insects and weeds. Quite frankly, with the better varieties we have today, we can deal with a late-planted crop easier than we could many years ago.
 
 
Andy White
Agronomist, Bayer CropScience
Winona, Miss.

This crop can definitely catch up. It will be critical that we keep the fruit we have on the plant right now, so that the plant will regulate itself and reach cutout in a timely manner. We also need to manage the crop as well as possible in the next two months. I know this crop can come back because I’ve seen it happen with producers who plant cotton behind wheat with earlier maturing varieties. I don’t see any reason why we can’t have a good crop this year, provided we receive rains when we need them. The main thing is to hang on to that fruit.



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