The success or failure of a crop is highly dependent on obtaining and maintaining an acceptable stand. A poor start greatly narrows margins for error the remainder of the season. Plant uniformly spaced seeds with good seed-to-soil contact, warm soil temperatures of at least 65° F, and adequate soil moisture. Replanting is discouraged unless there is a significant loss of stand. A plant population of one plant per foot of row is often more desirable than replanting later in the planting season. Producers are reminded that they can access stand establishment tips and other valuable crop production information 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.