Cotton Planting Conditions May 3, 2022
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We have a few more days of decent planting weather with a cool spell coming May 7 though 10. Make sure to check soil temperatures if you are planting during during that cool period make sure you are not planting to deep, using seed with higher cool germ and wait until soil temperatures start to rise, hopefully close to 65 degrees. The least risky approach would be to stop planting on Saturday and resume after the cool period when soil temperatures get to 65 degrees.
The 8-14 day weather forecast is predicting near normal for most of our cotton growing areas with normal rainfall. Growers can get updated planting conditions information for their area by using our Cotton Planting Conditions Calculator.
N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Cotton Seed Quality Database: The database can be found on the Cotton website under the link “Calculators and Decision Aids” on the left side toolbar, or directly at NCDA&CS Cotton Seed Quality Database. As we have stated in previous articles, it is absolutely critical to know the seed quality for all seed lots that you purchase. If you have a complaint regarding poor emergence during planting season, the first thing that we or our county agents will ask for is the NCDA&CS germination test results. Without these results, there is little we can do to help you.
Given that this program is voluntary, there may be some seed lots that come into NC without notification to NCDA&CS. Therefore it is imperative that growers check with their dealers to make sure they are notifying NCDA&CS when seed lots come in to get the seed quality samples collected before the seed is delivered or you pick it up.