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Local Planting Forecast
Expected Planting Conditions @ Franklin Va.
Last update: April 24 @ 10:50am. 
Date Day High Low emerge Conditions
4-24 Thu 69 45   chilling
4-25 Fri 76 54   fair
4-26 Sat 80 53   fair
4-27 Sun 72 52   fair
4-28 Mon 72 54   declining
4-29 Tue 71 60   Poor
4-30 Wed 73 55   Poor

This year starting off almost exactly like last year.  We will have a few days here at the end of April to plant, but it will take two weeks to emerge.  Not such a desirable situation.  After tonight, there is almost no risk of chilling injury.  One issue with planting this weekend is that the seed treatments last for about 2 to 3 weeks so within a week of emergence the young unvigorous cotton plants will be unprotected from thirps or disease.  Cotton planted On April 25th will emerge May 8th.  Cotton planted May 3rd will emerge May 9th, just one day later than cotton planted more than a week earlier.
 If you need more than 21 planting days for peanuts and cotton and would like to get something planted in April, then Friday is probably the best day to plant out of the next 7 if the rain holds off.    Wait for May if you can plant both crops in less than 3 weeks.

Starting Date by the calender
We have always used April 20 as a starting date although it carrys a lot of risk.  April 25 is more palatable and most farmers that can plant cotton in a 14 day period or less more typically just wait till May 1.   If you can plant in less than a week, definately wait for a perfect spell of weather in May.  I am looking for ideal conditions to begin around May 4th.

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May 14 92.98 92.98 92.98 92.98 0.32 92.66 04/24 Chart for @CT4K Options for @CT4K
Jul 14 93.20 93.27 93.03 93.03 -0.17 93.20 04/24 Chart for @CT4N Options for @CT4N
Oct 14 82.84 82.88 Chart for @CT4V Options for @CT4V
Dec 14 82.63 82.75 82.63 82.75 -0.02 82.77 04/24 Chart for @CT4Z Options for @CT4Z
Mar 15 82.15 82.14 Chart for @CT5H Options for @CT5H
May 15 81.63 82.05 Chart for @CT5K Options for @CT5K
Jul 15 81.53 81.94 Chart for @CT5N Options for @CT5N
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May 14 1472'0 1479'2 1472'0 1475'4 3'4 1472'0 04/24 Chart for @S4K Options for @S4K
Jul 14 1470'2 1477'0 1470'0 1474'2 4'2 1470'0 04/24 Chart for @S4N Options for @S4N
Aug 14 1409'4 1416'0 1409'2 1416'0 6'4 1409'4 04/24 Chart for @S4Q Options for @S4Q
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May 14 689'0 693'6 688'0 691'4 2'4 689'0 04/24 Chart for @W4K Options for @W4K
Jul 14 696'2 701'0 694'6 698'2 1'6 696'4 04/24 Chart for @W4N Options for @W4N
Sep 14 705'0 708'4 704'0 706'6 1'2 705'4 04/24 Chart for @W4U Options for @W4U
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May 14 501'2 503'6 501'0 502'2 1'0 501'2 04/24 Chart for @C4K Options for @C4K
Jul 14 507'0 509'6 506'6 508'4 1'2 507'2 04/24 Chart for @C4N Options for @C4N
Sep 14 505'0 507'4 504'6 506'4 1'4 505'0 04/24 Chart for @C4U Options for @C4U
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Johnny's Blog
Really Warm Weather not Expected For Another Week.

The temperature trend for the next 7 days is supposed to provide lower than average daytime highs but higher than average lows.  We are going to get a nice weekend with warm temperatures both day and night, but next week, it will basically be cooler than average providing very little opportunity for cotton to develop underground.  It will take about 14 days for cotton planted this weekend to emerge if you plant it extremely shallow.  There will be little to no chilling injury risk so it should put out a decent sprout and then sit there for about 5 days until it warms back up the following week.  Another concern is that the seed treatments will probably be playing out about the time it emerges so two Orthene sprays would be desirable.  The only reason to plant this weekend is if you need more than 21 days to get both cotton and peanuts planted, then it gets something behind you.  Compare that to waiting until about May 3rd or 4th when really nice temperatures are expected and cotton will come up in less than a week with a lot of vigor.  Basically cotton planted this Saturday will only come up about 1 day quicker than cotton planted next Saturday.

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