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With the prospect of continuing high prices, "cotton is $50 ahead of soybeans and corn when you put the pencil to it,” says Darrin Dodds, assistant Extension professor of plant and soil sciences at Mississippi State University.
Seed choice is critical
“Your maximum yield potential is determined the day you put seed in the ground,” he says. “Choose a variety for its maximum yield potential for your particular situation. Utilize as much variety trial data as possible and spread your risk by planting three or four different varieties across a range of maturities.
“There are some excellent varieties available, so spend some time in choosing those that best fit your situation and your yield intentions.”
Glyphosate resistant pigweed has created more interest in LibertyLink cotton, Dodds says, and Bayer has stepped up its offerings in that system, including the launch of the first LibertyLink Stoneville variety this year — a “very early” variety that is expected to be available in limited quantities.
With increasing concerns about water conservation in agriculture, he says everyone, including those in research and Extension “are going to have to get better at managing water for irrigating crops.”