Cotton Planting Conditions May 7, 2022

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A cool front is moving in this afternoon (May 6) that will make cotton planting challenging for the next week. The good news is that it looks like we will start getting a reprieve from cool weather in the middle of next week. Planting before the middle of next week will be extremely risky if this forecast holds up.

A table displaying the planting conditions for planting cotton from 5/7/2022 to 5/14/2022.

The 8-14 day forecast looks pretty good with normal to warmer than normal temperatures likely after this cool spell.

8-14 Day Temperature Outlook Map of the United States.

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.