Determining Normal Cotton Growth

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  • Select random plants throughout the field to get a good representation.
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  • Grip the main stem between the fourth and fifth node from the top.
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  • Early in the season, before flowering begins, if you can place three fingers (2 inches) between these nodes, then vegetative growth is potentially too rapid and altering management (plant growth regulator, irrigation, insect control) should be a consideration.
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  • Later in the season (after flowering begins), internode growth between two and three inches is optimal. Internode growth less than two inches is an indication of stress on the plant. If internode growth is more than three inches, then growth is too rapid, and changes in management are suggested.
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