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What is the story behind some cotton fields having empty stems sticking up at the top?

Someone once told me when a cotton plant reaches it's full potential then it has bolls all the way to the top of the plant. So it would seem as though the exposed stem, signifies not reaching full potential rather that be due to weather or other conditions. Is this true?


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Darin Lickfeldt
FBN Agronomist
FBN Employee

There are many factors that contribute to this. Weather, indeterminate nature of cotton, and timely plant growth management all play a factor in what you are seeing. Timely plant growth management and application of plant growth regulators (PGR's) help increase fruit retention and promote earlier maturity. Using PGR's force the cotton crop to shift from vegetative growth to reproductive growth,...