Plant stress can reduce cotton quality

Smith, Ron
February 2005
Southeast Farm Press;2/9/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 5, p25
Trade Publication
The article states that mother nature plays a big role in cotton fiber quality characteristics, but farmers' preplant and in-season management decisions may decrease the effects of factors beyond their control. Variety selection, planting date, fertility, irrigation rate and timing, insect control, weed management, and judicious use of harvest aids offer opportunities to protect quality, says J.C Banks, Oklahoma Extension cotton specialist. Banks says stress creates an environment that may reduce cotton fiber quality characteristics.


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