Cotton pickin' savvy


Jonathan Croft: During the 2011 cropping season, I assisted J & C Farms with determining when to defoliate their cotton crop. This year, with the extremely dry weather we have had two crops and we ended up having to delay defoliation so we could make some of those the top crop. And by doing that, we are expecting an increase in yield by allowing those bolls in the top to mature out.

Bert Judy: The cotton this year is late. And, through Jonathan's help and the Extension Service, we waited to defoliate and therefore have picked up extra pounds that we would not have gotten if we would have used the calendar only. We feel like we have not left a lot of money in the field.