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Application of Site-Specific Data in Cotton Production Practices

B.R. Leonard, R. Bagwell, J. Temple, R. Price, R. Downer, K. Paxton, D. Magoun, and H. Anderson


Crop management practices have generally been applied to entire cotton fields or farms. Recently, precision agricultural technologies have been adapted to detect intra-field variability of plant development and yield. Several tools including global positioning systems (GPS), geographical information systems (GIS), remote sensing technologies, and yield monitors are available and can provide considerable information on which to base production decisions. The value of this information is directly related to the ability to examine areas within fields and have knowledge of the specific location of those areas. Producers can use this information to define zones within fields that exhibit yield-limiting problems. These same technologies can then be used as components in a system to apply site-specific solutions (fertilizers, pesticides, drainage, irrigation, etc.) and correct or reduce the impact of those problems. Precision agricultural technologies have the potential to reduce input costs, increase yields, and improve the efficiency of cotton production in the United States.

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