Cotton Squaring

Our cotton is looking pretty good right now and the oldest fields have started squaring.

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There isn’t too much going on in the fields to be concerned about right now.  Insect pressure has been low (just a few aphids here and there) and there are  plenty of natural enemies present.  Rain has been coming pretty regularly also.

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Squaring is when we want to sidedress our remaining nitrogen as the plants will be needing it once bloom starts.  Clemson Cotton Specialist Mike Jones recommends 70 total lbs of N per acre in dryland fields and 100 total lbs in irrigated fields.  He recommends putting out 25-33% at planting and squaring is the time for the rest.

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Recently sidedressed cotton.

For more information, check out the 2015 SC Cotton Growers’ Guide.

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