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Although cotton is a drought-tolerant crop, and it developed in arid climates,
irrigation can improve both quantity and quality of the fiber harvested, especially in sandy soils and in areas with episodic drought during critical growth periods.
Excess irrigation is neither necessary nor desired, especially early in the season,
since this can lead to excessive vegetative growth, and late-season over-irrigation
can lead to boll rot. Over-irrigating late in the season can exacerbate boll rot, as well
as wasting water. The University of Georgia recommends no irrigation after 10% of
the bolls are open.
Because of the sensitivity of cotton to water and the importance of timing irrigation precisely, knowing the amount of moisture in your soil is vital. Soil moisture sensors are a popular method to check soil moisture status and are commonly integrated with irrigation scheduling software.
Valley Scheduling is the world's most advanced - yet intuitive - scheduling software. Utilizing remote collection devices such as soil moisture sensors, a popular method to check the moisture in soil, Valley Scheduling gives growers simple irrigation recommendations based on real-time data from your fields. It's proven to maximize return-on-investment on numerous crops, such as cotton, around the world.
Early detection and prevention of irrigation and crop health issues are critical to optimize cotton yields. With cameras mounted directly on the pivot, growers can monitor crop health and development remotely. Valley Insights powered by Prospera offers unparalleled crop intelligence that detects and delivers critical information regarding crop health.
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