Plant on a full moisture profile

8 Golden Rules of dryland cotton

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Plant on a full moisture profile

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Give the dryland cotton crop the best chance of success.

  • “Plant cotton on soil profile, not price.” If the soil profile is not full then the chances of a successful crop are greatly diminished, regardless of the price.

Have adequate soil moisture reserves to allow for 2-3 months without rainfall.

  • In many instances, it will take 60-70 days before yield starts to be generated. A good insurance policy is to have a reserve, which will enable flowering to be reached even if no rain is received.
  • In summer dominant rainfall areas, January and February are the highest rainfall months. Rain falling in these months will boost yield potential significantly. However, it is important that the plant enters this period growing healthily so it can capitalise on summer rain events.