Weather is great these past couple of weeks for picking cotton in the field. We’ve been busy with trial harvest these last few weeks also. Brooks County Agents Stephanie Holliefield and Ben Shirley were picking their variety trial the week of the Expo. This is one of the statewide on-farm variety trials and was planted on the Thomas/Brooks line just east of Barwick.
We also planted a NexGen on-farm variety trial in the northwest part of the county that Dr. Guy Collins and Seth Williams helped us with. Grower Mat Thompson, Mitchell County Agent Andy Shirley and I planted it May 14th. We picked this trial yesterday. We had three Nex Gen varieties with PHY 499 in the trial. Here are some photos from yesterday:
We’re in the driest part of the county here. Overall, irrigated cotton is okay. Some reports range 2 and up to 2.5 bales. Some growers are saying in spots were it looks like it would be 2 bales, they will pick a bale and a half instead. In this part of the county were we received much less rain, the ground was so dry and even under irrigation, plants were still stressed. Non-irrigated yields here are not as well. Where rained moved through and irrigated fields were planted, yields are pretty good, however.