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Ultra-narrow Row Cotton: Tillage, Cover Crops and Nitrogen

D. W. Reeves, P. J. Bauer, C. D. Monks, D. P. Delaney, C. H. Burmester, and R. W. Goodman


Recent research has shown that ultra-narrow row cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) production on marginal lands may be an economically feasible production scheme. No-tillage ultra-narrow row cotton would reduce soil erosion and enable growers to meet USDA-NRCS conservation compliance guidelines. Growers could expand cotton production with less capital. Recent advances in weed control, e.g., cotton varieties tolerant to glyphosate and bromoxynil, and new options for over-the-top weed control like pyrithiobac and sethoxydim, have eliminated one of the major constraints to ultra-narrow row or drilled cotton. Short season varieties and PIX® plant growth regulator have also increased the feasibility of this system.

Reprinted from Proceedings of the 1998 Beltwide Cotton Conferences pg. 623
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