Performance of Ten Cotton Varieties in the Northern Texas High Plains

Thomas Marek, David Bordovsky

Abstract


Results of a four-year study conducted in the northern Texas High Plains indicate that cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) can be successfully grown and can provide a viable alternative to other currently produced higher water use crops.  However, it is essential that producers be aware of the differing production requirements as compared to those in more southern type environments.  Regardless of the variety selected, it is very likely that the cotton lint harvested will have a lower micronaire than that typical of warmer environments.  Also, as fewer growing degree-days are generally experienced, planting must occur at times when soils are warm enough for rapid growth early in the growing season.  Due to the colder regime, little to no insect problem was encountered during the time frame of this study.  Producers should also be aware that northern Texas cotton production is subject to early termination.

Keywords


cotton production; variety trials; cotton quality

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