Key Cotton Growth and Development Stages​

April 2021 | 22 min., 48 sec.
by Tyson B. Raper
The University of Tennessee

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​​Understanding the key growth and development stages for cotton is critical for proper management. In this presentation, Dr. Raper briefly covers the key growth stages, including how they are defined, and highlights ongoing research that may potentially shift late-season management decisions by adjusting the currently used heat unit calculation.

About the Presenter

​​Tyson B. RaperTyson Raper is the Pettigrew Cotton Specialist for the University of Tennessee, with a 75% Extension and 25% research appointment in the Department of Plant Sciences. Dr. Raper is stationed at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center and leads the cotton and small grains programs. His research and Extension program is focused on variety testing, fertility, and a variety of precision ag projects. Additionally, Dr. Raper manages the University of Tennessee Cotton MicroGin. Dr. Raper received his BS from Auburn University, his MS from Mississippi State University, and his PhD from the University of Arkansas.

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