Tackling the Challenges of Cotton Defoliation

Sep 09, 2019


Cotton defoliation — and the decisions that come with it — usually causes consternation for cotton producers.
Creating a defoliation plan is imperative to maximizing your crop’s production, so here are some factors you need to consider.
The “what” and “how” decisions:
  • Do you use a single shot or go with a two-shot approach? 
  • Should you use a surfactant? 
  • What is the predicted temperature pattern for my region?
  • What is the crop’s regrowth potential?
 
Timing of the application is also extremely important for cotton fiber quality and maximum lint extraction potential.
The “when” decision:
  • When planning for defoliation, consider how many acres per day can be picked.
  • Another suggestion is to space out your acreage between farms; this should reduce the need to re-apply.
  • Lastly, don’t forget to allow time for repairs and to set your picker. 
 
For more information and advice about cotton defoliation, consult your local Co-op agronomist.
 

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