Weather may cause cotton production setbacks

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Updated: 7/11/2014 7:42 pm
Cotton has been growing strong over the last week but many producers are not yet seeing blooms in their fields.

Lubbock County Extension Agent Mark Brown said there is a vast majority of cotton that is still many days from blooming due to weather.

"As far as what we can do for this crop, we just need to manage it to the best of our ability. I know the weed issue is a major issue because people got behind whenever the weather was wet. They weren't able to get into the field. So now there's a lot of steel running in the fields. A lot of herbicide applications going on," Brown said.

In terms of pushing the cotton crop along, he said, there is not a lot that can be done. If a crop responds well to the rains and irrigation, producers need to control and manage it. Yield potential, however, is expected to fall because more leaves are forming instead of cotton.
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