LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Whether you're planting cotton, corn, peanuts, grain sorghum, or something else, the success begins with the seed. As South Plains farmers prepare to plant this year's crop, they're taking several factors into consideration.
The first is soil temperature. Many growers plant corn and grain sorghum first because those seeds can germinate in cooler soils. But for cotton, we need a 10-day average soil temperature of 65 degrees at an 8-inch depth.
Another is price. A farmer's bottom line depends on balancing input costs with the price they can receive for their crop, and farmers don't get to set that price.
One thing is for sure – May will be a busy month for our growers.
For Spotlight on Agriculture, and Plains Cotton Growers, I'm Mary Jane Buerkle.