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Facing Fears: What Flooded Fields Mean for Cotton

May 2, 2017

With heavy rain and wind hitting parts of the Mid-South this past weekend, worries are sprouting up about potential damage to cotton fields. With signs of significant flooding, growers are fearful of losing usable acreage and already planted seeds.

While there are ways to lower the risk for planted crops, combating these effects relies mostly on the decisions of Mother Nature. If fields are flooded, work toward bailing out water as quickly as possible. While some cotton may be able to survive, the risk of damage increases as water and low temperatures overwhelm the plant.

With prevailing cool temperatures and more rain in the forecast, growers would be wise to hold off on planting during the next week or so. Cotton planted later in good conditions can catch up with already planted fields that were hit with cold temperatures. Once the weather remains consistently warm for 10-14 days, growers can begin to feel more confident that planting conditions are being met.


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