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Cotton Planting Condtions for Franklin, VA
Last Updated 5-3-2016 @ 9:23 am
 Date Day High Low Comment Planting Days to Emerge
5-3 Tues 76 58 rain 80% rain  
5-4 Wed 69 52  rain 50% Wet  
5-5 Thurs 66 51 rain 80% rain  
5-6 Fri 65 48 rain ending improving 7
5-7 Sat 75 58 Warming Trend Excellent 6
5-8 Sun 81 52 Perfect Outstanding 5
5-9 Mon 81 60   Excellent 6
5-10 Tues 84 61   Excellent 6
5-11 Wed 83 62   Excellent 6

Rain creates the primary holdup.  Tuesday thru Thursday are wet.  The best path for most folks is to go as soon as possible following this expected rainfall. 
Cotton planted last Monday should emerge Wednesday through Saturday unless soil heaviness seals it in.  Cotton Planted last Wednesday is not projected to emerge until May 9.

Month Open High Low Last Change Close Time More
May 16 62.50 62.50 62.50 62.50 -0.55 63.05 02:41A Chart for @CT6K Options for @CT6K
Jul 16 63.05 63.05 62.53 62.72 -0.34 63.06 02:41A Chart for @CT6N Options for @CT6N
Oct 16 62.64 62.64 62.64 62.64 -0.66 63.30 02:41A Chart for @CT6V Options for @CT6V
Dec 16 62.30 62.30 61.83 62.08 -0.27 62.35 02:41A Chart for @CT6Z Options for @CT6Z
Mar 17 62.15 62.17 62.14 62.17 -0.40 62.57 02:41A Chart for @CT7H Options for @CT7H
May 17 63.07 62.93 Chart for @CT7K Options for @CT7K
Jul 17 62.59 63.31 Chart for @CT7N Options for @CT7N
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May 16 1017'0 1021'0 1012'6 1020'0 -1'4 1021'4 02:40A Chart for @S6K Options for @S6K
Jul 16 1027'0 1031'6 1022'0 1029'4 -0'4 1030'0 02:40A Chart for @S6N Options for @S6N
Aug 16 1028'4 1034'0 1024'4 1031'4 -0'4 1032'0 02:41A Chart for @S6Q Options for @S6Q
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May 16 460'6 460'6 460'6 460'6 1'0 459'6 02:40A Chart for @W6K Options for @W6K
Jul 16 470'6 473'2 469'0 473'0 2'2 470'6 02:41A Chart for @W6N Options for @W6N
Sep 16 481'2 483'6 480'0 483'6 2'4 481'2 02:41A Chart for @W6U Options for @W6U
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May 16 376'4 376'4 373'4 374'2 -4'0 378'2 02:40A Chart for @C6K Options for @C6K
Jul 16 379'6 380'0 376'6 379'2 -0'4 379'6 02:40A Chart for @C6N Options for @C6N
Sep 16 381'4 382'0 379'0 381'2 -0'2 381'4 02:41A Chart for @C6U Options for @C6U
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Johnny's Blog
We Are Ready - but 4 More Squirrely Days.
This week looks very similar to last week as far as planting conditions are concerned based on the weather forecast which is warm early in the week, cool later in the week with more than 50% chance of rain.  The overnight lows are actually supposed to be a little cooler on Thursday and the rainfall is expected to be over 2 inches.  There were a few acres of cotton planted last week.  Cotton planted on Monday last week could start cracking the ground today.  It might make it out of the ground with a couple of warm days but rainfall is likely to reseal the ground on anything that is cracking that does not get out.  We need to keep an eye on that.  The same thing happened in 2014 for cotton planted in April (it still made 3 bales)  I looked back at my notes and we are looking at almost the same situation this year as we had in 2014.  We planted only a few hundred acres in April which had a hard time getting a good stand due to a good amount of rain in early May.  We planted most of our crop during the second and third week of May and had outstanding performance.  I hope the weather stays on the same track it is on right now.  I would tell you to plant a little today if you must. Outstanding planting conditions arrive this coming weekend.  Planting after this wet period will result in fast emergence, good vigor and fast grow off with little concern about herbicide damage or emergence issues.  Hopefully we will get most of the acreage planted over the next 3 to 3 ½ weeks. 

Emerged Weeds since Burndown - Take a Look
This could be one of those deals where an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  Warm days during different parts of April have provided opportunity for resistant palmer pigweed, ragweed, and perhaps mare’s tail to germinate and emerge since the burndown application was made earlier in April.  This is particularly important if you do not have any valor in your burndown program to hold these weeds back.  One of our core principles for cotton planting is to start clean, meaning that we do not want any emerged weeds in the field to get a head start on the cotton.  This is important on all cotton varieties and particularly if the variety is not tolerant to Liberty herbicide after emergence.  It would be advisable to spray something like gramoxone right in front of planting if these troublesome weeds have emerged.  Spraying right behind the planter is also a good option, especially if you are planning on making an application of a residual herbicide prior to cotton emergence.  It is possible that any emerged ragweed or palmer by planting time will be too big to kill by the time cotton has reached the first true leaf stage.

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