​​​​​​​Managing Plant Population in Cotton

April 2019 | 15 min., 39 sec.
by Curtis Adams
Texas A&M AgriLife Research


​The density and configuration of plants in the field, including in cotton, is central to achieving crop yield, management, and economic goals. This is truer now than ever, because modern seed costs have become so high. Cotton is a highly adaptable plant that can adjust to a wide variety of conditions, but the occurrence of system- and weather-dependent stand loss, crop production tradeoffs with population, and some misconceptions have made it challenging to make the best plant population decisions. This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners to better understand a broad scope of issues surrounding plant population in cotton. Covered topics include: discussion of current plant population recommendations, work done by my colleagues and I to better characterize the cotton yield response to plant population, gaps in scientific knowledge, causes of stand loss, and crop production tradeoffs with high and low populations. 

About the Presenter

Curtis AdamsCurtis Adams received his PhD in crop physiology from Utah State University in 2013. From 2014 to 2015, he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Florida. Since late 2015, Dr. Adams has been an Assistant Professor with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, based at the Vernon Research and Extension Center in North Texas. Dr. Adams’s research focuses are cropping systems and crop physiology in food, fiber, and other bio-based crops, including cotton. Specifically in cotton, Dr. Adams has worked with collaborators on development of a ground-based high-throughput phenotyping system and has studied issues related to plant population.​​

Contact Information:
Email: curtis.adams@ag.tamu.edu


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