Harvest aid product selection/application timing should be based on heat units beyond cutout, plant activity, yield potential, timing of harvest equipment and weather forecast. Maintain application schedules to remain in sync with progress of harvest equipment to minimize losses from weathering. Also, proper site selection for placement of well-built modules and monitoring them to remove standing water on module covers are essential to an effective turn-row management plan to preserve yield and fiber quality.
Producers can access these and other harvest management tips under the National Cotton Council's Advancing Cotton Education (ACE) program. The ACE site at http://www.cotton.org/tech/ace/index.cfm includes such resources as the Cotton Physiology Today newsletters, Integrated Crop Management, "First Forty Days and Fruiting to Finish," Cotton Incorporated's Focus on Cotton and Cotton eXtension.