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Reducing severe weather risk to cotton through changing planting dates

After the devastating loss of most of Georgia’s cotton crop to Hurricane Michael in 2018, producers are looking for a way to minimize these types of losses in future years. UGA cotton specialist Jared Whitaker is testing out some alternative strategies like planting earlier or spreading out the planting window so that not all cotton is ready for harvest at the same time, which may reduce losses when another hurricane hits. You can read more about his research and how it could benefit producers at

Cotton damage from Irma at Stripling Irrigation Research Park