Kerry Siders, IPM Hockley and Cochran Counties, says the area has been “in pretty good shape up to this point. However, I am concerned that we are again seeing, as last year, ‘the haves and the have nots’ of irrigation water.

“Decisions about prioritizing fields that share water, or portions of fields with limited irrigation capacity and lack of rainfall must be made now to limit crop/yield losses. When I compare our cotton crop to the same time the last couple of years, we still are in a good situation if the weather would just cooperate. So I do hold out some optimism about our yield potential.”

He says cotton conditions for the average field in Hockley and Cochran Counties would be:

  • Average number of total nodes is 16 (range 10 to 18);
  • Fruiting branch at node 7.3 (range 5 to 9;)
  • Square retention of  first positions is 88 percent (range 72 to 99 percent);
  • Node length is 1.1 inch (range of 0.6 inch to 2.6 inch);
  • Plant populations average 39,780 per acre (range 23,500 to 59,500;
  • Average blooming plant has 8.7 nodes above white flower (NAWF).

“I am seeing a few more blooms and small bolls daily. The milder weather over the past couple of weeks has allowed the plant to make very good progress in terms of both vegetative and reproductive growth. We are going into bloom with close to 9 nodes above white bloom. This places first bloom (50 percent of all plants in field with bloom) on most early fields at July 14, with most fields hitting first bloom at around July 23. This is a full week earlier than last year.”

Siders says local grain sorghumfields should be monitored for aphids, mites, head worms and midge. “No major problems have been detected or reported. Stay on top of weeds.”

He says peanut farmers should monitor fields closely for foliar diseases and pod rots. “Wrap up any fertilizing and stay on top of weeds. No major issues were reported or found this last week.”