North Carolina Cotton: Continued rains making cotton applications difficult

Some areas in Hyde county have received 3-8 inches of rain since last week. This has resulted in some fields that have yet to be sprayed with post herbicides and insecticdes (thrips). It’s difficult to even see cotton in some fields due to the heavy weed flush. The forecast for the next week is not looking favorable for ground rigs or aerial application.

Despite dry planting conditions, cotton stands are excellent on the majority of the acres I’m walking. Stands on our most stubborn mineral soils are the best I’ve ever seen. Thrip pressure doesn’t appear to be any heavier than past years. Most fields range from 1-2 leaves.

Local forecasts are predicting up to 6 inches of rain Wednesday from tropical storm Beryl. I’m still thankful for the rain. Frequent rains can quickly identify fields that need drainage work. Start making plans now about how to fix those areas this fall.

 

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