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Cotton Diseases in Wet Weather

This year we are experiencing more wet weather during the cotton growing season than in the past. We cannot do anything about what we are dealt from mother nature but I wanted to make you all aware of the diseases that are now present in cotton across the state of…
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Cotton & Peanuts – Wet or Water Logged Soil

This information was revised from July of 2013 (Whitaker, Collins, Harris & Culpepper) – since our cotton crop was planted over a very long window we have many different cotton ages across the county. Excessive amounts of rainfall have occurred in several areas of the cotton growing region in Georgia…
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Cotton Defoliation

Defoliating cotton is an art. Each year presents different challenges. Once the field reaches 75% open bolls or 4 or less nodes above the upper cracked boll it is time to pull the trigger. Cotton Defoliants each have a different job. Most farmers have a general “recipe” that they use…
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Cotton Irrigation Termination

Cotton Irrigation Termination Decisions David Hall, Extension Water Educator, Cale Cloud, Extension Water Agent, and Wesley Porter, Extension Precision Ag and Irrigation Specialist: As we approach the end of the growing season we are around 12 to 16 weeks after planting at the beginning of September based on a May…
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Early Season Cotton Irrigation

Similar to peanut, cotton does not require very much irrigation during the first month or so of growth and in some cases if adequate rainfall is received cotton can go up to squaring and even bloom without additional irrigation applications.

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Late Planted Cotton and Plant Growth Regulators (PGR’s)

We have a lot of cotton out there that was planted late because of replanting poor stands. So we often get the question about how to manage these acres with PGR’s. With late planted cotton the length of time the cotton blooms is the main thing that changes. The later you plant the shorter the window. So anything that is planted late needs to be pushed to retain all the bolls that it tries to set. This principal applies to PGR applications as well as insect management. Keep in mind that dry land acres in dry years like we are experiencing may not need a PGR.
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Cotton Defoliation Considerations for 2018 (Freeman and Whitaker)

Most of our early planted cotton is quickly approaching (and has approached in some areas) time for defoliation. Cotton defoliation tends to be one of the most important aspects of cotton production each year. Timing and product selection are two of the more critical components regarding defoliation and confusion occurs not only by the thousands of tank mix concoctions but also the differences in personalities of growers with some wanting to pull the trigger too early and some wanting to wait on the very last boll to crack.
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