Soil Moisture, Bloom, and Cotton Growth
The ground moisture situation is improving in our region. Although still behind normal, there is some promise of more showers early next week. That should correlate well with the early planted cotton that is getting ready to begin blooming this weekend and next week. The beginning of bloom is a record that would be helpful to have on every cotton farm. It marks the management transition of a focus on weed control and fertilizer to cotton growth and insects. About 20% of our cotton will begin blooming over the next week or 10 days. About 50% of the cotton was planted in that middle planting week and that should start to show some blooms after July 10th. That puts most of our cotton at that first bloom transition over the next couple of weeks. Up till now, I’ve been thinking we didn’t have a lot of cotton that was going to need much pre-bloom Pix, but those ideas are changing with these nice rains.
Correlate first bloom expectation with planting dates as follows:
|Planting Date ||Low fruit (1st square on 5th) ||High fruit (1st square - 7th) |
|April ||June 30 ||July 6 |
|Early May ||July 5 ||July 11 |
|Mid May ||July 10 ||July 16 |
|May 31 ||July 20 ||July 25 |
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