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Is Cotton Turning Too Soon?

Cotton “turning” – the shift in canopy color from dark green to shades of yellow and red, or senescence – usually corresponds with the second or third week of football season. But Tyson Raper, University of Tennessee Extension cotton and small grains specialist, notes that a good portion of this year’s crop in the upper Mid-South is already turning…and kickoff for the first game is still a few days away.

To help answer some of the questions and concerns he has been receiving from growers, Raper explains three factors from this season – heat, slight to moderate drought, and nutrient uptake – that have helped push the crop to this point.

For the details, read Raper’s recent post on the UTCrops News Blog.

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