UGA Extension Advises Cotton Growers to Plant Dryland First

Dan Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC)

Cotton plant in the soil
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The Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) and University of Georgia (UGA) Extension Cotton Team encourage producers looking to start planting their crop this week to take advantage of the moisture in the ground. It may not be there very long, which means the dryland crop is a top priority, says Camp Hand, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension cotton agronomist.

Camp Hand
UGA Extension Cotton Agronomist

“If I was thinking about getting started, I’d start on the dryland, and whenever your run out of moisture, switch over to your irrigated,” Hand said.

“The hard part right now is looking at the weather forecast, that last rain we got on (Sunday), that’s the last one in the forecast for the next two weeks. If I was farming, I’d be looking to get some dryland in the ground. That’s the first thing on my list, we’ve got to put a strip-till rig to some dryland ground, and we’ve got to get it planted. We have moisture, and if we have moisture, we need to use it. Everybody knows that if you don’t take advantage of it, it will disappear in a hurry.” Georgia producers have moisture because of another rain event on Sunday. According to the UGA Automated Weather Network, Tifton, Georgia, received 1.56 inches of rain. But like Hand said, the forecast over the next couple of weeks presents minimal chance for rainfall.

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Clint Thompson

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