Cotton Defoliation

20 Sep

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We should be well on our way to cotton harvest by now, but due to the lateness of our crops, we are just now ready to begin defoliating or removing the leaves from our cotton plants. This field has enough open bolls I will recommend defoliation next Monday.

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The cotton we grow in our area is classified as upland cotton. As I was looking at this field I saw an unusual looking plant. This is a stalk of Pima cotton. Pima cotton accounts for only 5% of the cotton grown in the US. It is primarily grown in California with smaller amounts grown in the desert Southwest. Our growing seasons are too short to produce a good crop of Pima cotton, but occasionally a seed of Pima will be mixed in with our upland cottons. Pima cotton is considered a premium cotton, valued for it’s high fiber quality. If you Google the term “Pima cotton” you will see lots of sites devoted to selling clothes made exclusively from Pima cotton and carrying an exclusive price I might add.

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Pima sure has some pretty blooms doesn’t it? Keep prepping everyone!

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5 Responses to “Cotton Defoliation”

  1. Pioneer Preppy September 20, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    That looks like an Okra Bloom….YUCK!!!

  2. Lorilee September 21, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    Haha! I love okra! That bloom is gorgeous. I once grew a plant of Aggie cotton. The blooms were maroon, but the cotton was still white.

    • doublebhomestead September 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm #

      I’ve seen that Aggie cotton in some University test plots. They use rows of the maroon colored plants in-between the plots to separate them and make the plots standout and be easier to see.

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