Wet weather throws tough calls at 2013 Georgia cotton farmers


There was nothing 'basic' about the 2013 Georgia cotton growing season, which was dominated by wet weather with only small reprives of drier conditions, the opposite of a typical year.

"Our early planted cotton got up and was growing very well and then all the rain came, resulting in excessive vegetation. ... Later-planted cotton struggled to come up as it got caught by the rain," said Guy Collins, University of Georgia cotton agronomist.

Collins speaks with Brad Haire, Farm Press associate editor, about plant-growth regulators and what Georgia farmers learned this year about the growth potential of newer varieties, especially in dryland fields.

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