While it is true that in many areas of the Cotton Belt early planting frequently results in an earlier, higher-yielding crop, growers should temper their enthusiasm with caution. In reduced tillage systems, soil temperatures are slow to warm. The flip side to this is that once adequate temperatures are achieved in no-till, soil temperatures are slower to cool than conventional till soils. Temperatures below 50 degrees can result in chilling injury or the death of seedlings if they occur ...

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