Beautiful Weather on The Way
We won’t be done with the rain delay this week until after Friday gets by us. Next week we are going to have plenty of chores with sprayers running to clean up these thrips as well as getting these resistant weeds knocked out before they get too big. I would be sure my first weed spray was either Liberty or had an auxin in it because there has been a lot of weeds emerging in these rainy/dry and hot/cool weather cycles we have had. Spraying just Roundup and Orthene is not going to cut it. On top of that, there is still quite a lot of cotton planting remaining as some farmers have had unfortunate delays and others have had unfortunate heavy rains requiring some replants. June cotton has fewer failures than almost any planting date we have but requires pixing, bug sprays, and defoliation a couple of weeks later than our earlier planting dates. You cannot really spray all your cotton the same week for different pests like you can when planted close together. It will be the same jobs for both ages, just different timings. (this can be a challenge if spot replanting) Next week will be the perfect example as some cotton needs insect and weed managment the same week as other fields are being planted. Month will be putting pix on some fields and weed control on the young stuff. The good news is we have some beautiful weather coming our way after Friday. Follow me at Commonwealthgin.com all season.
Several days of Hot and Dry, Then more rain next week
Last year deep planting produced stands quickly while shallow planted cotton never got enough rain to get it out of the ground until June. This year is almost the opposite as the shallow planting is working the best so far as everyone has gotten enough to too much rain. Still about a third to half of the region has only gotten a few tenths when other areas have gotten dumped on to the point that the planting surface is becominging dry with the approaching hot period. The other extreme are some communities that have had multiple leaching rains to the tune up to 10 inches coming at more than 3 inches at a time. These large rains have caused some delays and the likelihood of replanting and raised questions of fertilizer replacement already. The next rain is expected Monday. Looking forward, The next 4 days provide exceptional planting conditions and incentive to get as many cotton acres planted as possible.
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