​The First 40 Days and Fruiting to Finish​

April 2021 | 15 min., 20 sec.
by Bill Robertson
University of Arkansas


​This presentation reviews best management practices (BMPs) for getting cotton off to a good start and reaching the finish line in an economical and timely fashion. The first 40 days after planting is perhaps the most critical stage of the cotton crop. The crop’s yield potential is set during this period. The fruiting to finish period spans the remainder of the season and is important for preserving yield and quality potential. Although BMPs will differ some depending on location, the basic principles of cotton management are very similar across the Belt.

About the Presenter

Bill Robertson Bill Robertson has served as the cotton Extension agronomist with the University of Arkansas system Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service for the past 5 years. He held this position previously for 12 years before leaving the Division of Ag to join the National Cotton Council in Memphis, Tennessee. In his current position, he provides leadership for educational programs in cotton production and agronomic systems that improve yield, profitability, and sustainability. Bill was raised on a cotton, grain, and cattle farm near Lubbock, Texas. He holds advanced degrees in agronomy from Texas A&M University.

Contact Information:
Email: brobertson@uada.edu

Additional Resources

The First 40 Days and Fruiting to Finish​ – National Cotton Council of America​


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