Fourth of July Rainfall... 7-6-2015 Talk about a 4th of July Rain… reports of 3 to 7 inches over the weekend have created poor conditions for field work and excellent conditions for crop growth. The weather forecast indicates some low chances of rain this week but generally we should make it to the weekend before a significant chance of rain shows up again. Since it is so wet, it will be a good time to do some walking and looking. I think the bigger cotton is so loaded with fruit that a lot of it will not get wild from this high soil moisture like we saw for the last two years. The cotton that is at the most risk of getting too large is probably cotton that has already gotten 36 inches tall and never had any pix with more than 8 nodes above white bloom, or some later planted cotton that has not bloomed yet that is getting big. We have been in a low amount of insect pressure, but now that our cotton is blooming, the risk for damage will increase. This is the perfect time to check for dirty blooms in blooming cotton or missing squares on cotton that is not blooming as an indication of plant bug activity. While finding an occasional square on the ground is normal, there shouldn’t be that many yet. If you are finding a high amount of squares falling off this early in the blooming period, then be sure and inspect the field further. If you find small bolls with bloom tags falling, that is normally from poor pollination from morning rainfall when we are early in the blooming period. As blooming continues, boll damage becomes the primary indicator of insect activity which will include stinkbugs by then.
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