Ten tips to get your cotton off to a FastStart

  • Create a firm well structured seed bed.
  • Free of weeds and impediments in the planting line.
  • Test you soils and know your levels.
  • Know the yield target you want to achieve.
  • Have a strategy for fertilizer application to achieve your goal.
  • Know your seed quality before planting and adjust sowing rates accordingly.
  • Use an effective seed treatment to control insect pests and soil borne diseases.
  • Ensure the planter is level and all components are well maintained and operational.
  • Have you got the green light for cotton planting this season?
  • Monitor continuously within fields, across fields and the property.
  • Ensure planting speed, depth and pressure are correct for the situation.
  • Use lubricant to assist seed flow.
  • Understand the impacts and adjust sowing rates accordingly for,
    • Low soil temperatures and forecast.
    • Establishment method.
    • Seedling mortality.
  • Planting a few more seeds is good insurance.
  • Closely monitor,
    • Soil moisture status.
    • Crop growth and development rates.
    • Temperature and rainfall forecasts.
  • Create strong plant architecture.
  • Aim to have 8-9 NAWF at first flower.