Defoliate Timing

Featured NPE: Kip Roberson, from Robersonville, NC

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There are multiple factors to consider when determining the best time to defoliate cotton. Deltapine NPE grower Kip Roberson of Robersonville, NC, says that he judges how open the bowls are on his cotton and then he looks to the weather forecast to determine his defoliate timing. 13;10;

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Key Takeaways:

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  • Cotton should be defoliated when it is 60-70% open.
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  • Weather conditions are the other major timing determinant.
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Through the Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program, noted cotton farmers across the country work with Deltapine to bring the best varieties to market by planting potential varieties on their own farms and providing valuable insight about performance, quality and yield for specific soils and climates throughout the Cotton Belt.

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