A sea of white cotton strikes a chord that no other crop can match and the beauty of an open boll is timeless. Cotton is a wonder fiber grown on thousands of farms across the United States.
As far as you know we in Iraq used Upland Cotton Gossypium hirsutum , Our cotton cultivars have been introduced from different sources . We do have Cocker 310, Cocker 110, during 1970s, and then during the 90s, a new cultivar named Ashor 1 was introduced because its yield potential>>> BUT... The Iraqi growers and farmers dont like cotton>>> because>>> It last too long period in the Field<<< Seed sowing occuure during 3/25-4/7 and the the final picking in January>>> and the first picking is not more than 25-30% of total yield ... Due to rain season which is mostly started in the 2nd wk of November>>> All Cotton groweres lost their chance to collect the cotton >>>
Therfore to solve this problem>>> Iraq need Early mature Cotton Varieties>>>
Me and my colleges utilized gama rays (150 and 250 Grays) on cotton seed to achieve unbelievable earliness
We reduced the life Cycle from open period (April-January) which affect the wheat or Barley cultivation>>> to April -October,20th... The First picking (180 days after planting) represents 85-90% of total Yield.
The infestation level of boll weevil is significantly reduced
I am sure that Induced Earliness in Cotton By gamma rays is promising to the cotton growers and to the agricultural sector
You have indeed captured the simple beauty of cotton. This gallery of pics is the best I have seen.
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