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Friday, May 3, 2013

May Freeze Soil Temperatures



Post May Freeze Soil Temperatures
May 3, 2013
                Currently producers seem to have one eye on the weather forecast, one eye on the soil thermometer, and one hand on the tractor door, ready to head to the field to plant cotton.  Soil and weather forecasts do indicate a warming tread as we exit the deep freeze one more time.  For the next week I plan to post some additional soil temps from around Hale and Swisher Counties in locations that I am working near in an effort to help anyway we can.  All of my readings are taken with a 6 inch soil temperature gage and may not be ‘weather station precise’ but is site specific and mobile. 
                Today, the first day to start that warming trend, I took one soil temperature reading.

-                    -            52°F.   At the Halfway Station.  Potential cotton ground / plowed / moderate moisture / under pivot.

Dr. Ken E. Legé with Americot had a chart that appeared in PCG’s e-news.  I like the thoughts he shared and will provide a link here.  http://www.plainscotton.org/mj/ACNGPlantChart.pdf

Please call if I can be of assistance. 
Blayne

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