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Cotton Planting Decisions

Cotton planting will soon be in full swing across the region. The first step to a successful season is to establish a healthy, uniform stand of 2 to 3 plants/ft of row. To ensure success growers should plant high-quality, broad-spectrum fungicide-treated seed into a firm, moist seedbed.

Temperature is critical to successful seed germination and early plant growth. Generally, it is safe to plant when the 4-inch soil temperature reaches 65° F and warming conditions are forecast for the next 5 days. Temperatures below 50° F can cause chilling injury to emerging seedlings. Planting into cold soils increases the likelihood of chilling injury and seedling disease resulting in weak, skippy stands, delayed maturity, and reduced yields.

Panhandle Agriculture

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