Planting and Tillage

The figure below shows the proportion of grower who rely on various factors either moderately or very much to determine when they plant cotton. The substantial proportion of respondents who rely on soil temperatures (measured by hand or with a soil probe) and on predicted air temperature suggests that growers appreciate the effects of these variables on cottonseed germination and seedling diseases.

More than two-thirds of growers (70%) report using some form of conservation tillage. For those growers who said they use conservation tillage, 64% said that using it had increased the profitability of their operation.

The figure below shows the proportion of growers who indicate they use various planting methods often or always.


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