We continue to obtain timely rainfall events to keep much of the Oklahoma cotton crop moving in the right direction. The Mesonet 10-day precipitation map indicates about 2.33 inches of rainfall has accumulated at Hollis, 3.61 at Altus, 2.17 at Tipton, but only 1.45 at Grandfield. Other areas further to the north have acquired around 2 inches. This is good news from the dryland cotton perspective and has allowed many producers to get a crop established. The bad news is that in spite of many days of somewhat seasonal temperatures, every now and then we get hit with a “haymaker day” such as June 10, where temperatures reached 109 at Altus. A considerable amount of early-to mid-May planted cotton is now beginning to square. Cotton in Caddo County that has been strip tilled and planted into terminated cover looks excellent, apart from some high wind events that occurred to slightly “rag up” an otherwise picturesque crop.
June 14, 2012 Volume 2 Edition 7 Volume 1 Edition 7
OSU Southwest Oklahoma Research and Extension Center