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Monitoring emergence is important because it can be a signal of a problem if cotton is not emerging on schedule. For almost all varieties it takes about 50 DD60s from planting to emergence. The actual time of emergence can be defined in a number of different ways, but the day you can first “row65533;? the cotton is a good guideline. “Rowing65533;? the cotton refers to the time you can look down the seedbed and see a row of cotton without too much difficulty. It also corresponds very closely to the time at which there is enough of a stand that you would not consider replanting.
Uniform emergence is an important part of establishing uniform yields.
If a cotton field does not begin emerging after 50 to 60 DD60s, the cause of the problem should be investigated. There are many reasons why a field fails to emerge on schedule, but planting too deep or into inadequate or excess moisture are common reasons. The following questions are designed to help in troubleshooting.
This article is from the Cotton Management Guide, a publication with year-round advice on managing high-yielding cotton. Download the Deltapine Cotton Management Guide now or sign up for new content to be delivered to your email each month.
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