We have had some warmer days recently, but that is a relative term. Night temperatures are still dropping fairly low and we have not had a solid warming trend to pull our area soil temperatures up substantially. I have noted this week several area potential cotton fields receiving a last dose of pre-irrigations, and unfortunately, some re-pre-irrigations to better wet the seed zone. In these situations we can expect the soil temperature will hold at the irrigation water’s temperature for a few days longer, even when a substantial warming trend begins. This morning I took two soil readings at 7:45 AM.
- 61°F. Four miles north of Kress, Texas. Potential cotton / dry topsoil, wet subsoil via recent irrigations / plowed / drip irrigated.
- 61° F. Four miles north of Kress, Texas. Potential cotton / moist topsoil / plowed / furrow irrigated.
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