Fall Update on the 2017 Crop

It’s been awhile but I want to give an update on the Cotton Crop.

It has been a tough season.  However, we are fortunate for what we have in our current crop production.

We will take a look back on the growing season to where we are today!

Where we left off the last crop was up and going besides a few thin stands everything was looking well.

The wet weather that delayed the crops quickly turned into a dry summer shortly after the crops emerged.

The pivots were turned on and stayed on for much of the summer.

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The irrigated responded well to the warm weather and the new herbicide helped keep the fields clean.

Dry Land:

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A process called “blooming” takes place.  That is when white flowers grow on the stem where the cotton will form.

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Once the flower has bloomed, it pollinates and turns pink.

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The pink flower quickly turns purple and dies.

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When the purple flower is in the process of dying, a cotton boll is growing under it.

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The boll is where the cotton is growing and will open up in time.

Here are some pictures of the flowers on the plants.

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While looking at the plants, I found a ladybug on a leaf.  Ladybugs are actually beneficial to the plant because they prey on insects that might hurt the cotton.

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As we move into the Fall, we are hoping for warm, dry weather.  The irrigated has matured and looks nice.   The dry land is a mixture of mature and early cotton.  We are praying we do not have a early freeze!

The recent rains and cool weather have delayed defoliation, but the crops are getting close to being sprayed.

Here is cotton that is ready for defoliation.

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This is the latest update, a lot of new and exciting changes to the plants coming soon!

 

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