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Cotton Growers Should Scout Early and Often

Clint Thompson Cotton

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By Clint Thompson

The Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) and University of Georgia (UGA) Extension Cotton Team remind growers that scouting is a vital part of a farmer’s management strategy.

UGA Extension cotton agronomist Camp Hand discusses what producers should be looking for in their young crop this early in the season.

“We’re starting to see some squaring in probably at least 25% of our crop so far, so it’s important to be out there scouting and see what’s going on. If you see any issues, it’s important to correct those, particularly plant bugs,” Hand said.

“There’s been a few reports of some high numbers out there, not to freak anybody out or anything. It’s just important to stay on top of things like that. That’s going to help you out in the long run, in terms of managing growth in your crop and things like that.”

Click here for the UGA Cotton Team June 2022 Newsletter.