Watch soil temperatures before planting cotton

The 10 day average temperature at the 8-inch depth in the Hockley and Cochran County, Texas, area is 60 degrees Fahrenheit, based on data from the USDA-NRCS SCAN weather station in Levelland (, according to Kerry Siders, Extension IPM agent.

“This is definitely encouraging,” Siders said. “However I must temper enthusiasm with the fact that the last 5-day average for the 8-inch depth is 59 degrees. So we have trended down slightly since receiving the moisture. The bright spot to this is once it does heat up a bit more the moist soil will hold the temperature better.

“I also caution you that our air temperatures are still not consistent. Just a few days ago it was 39 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit for the low air temperature. That is still too cold. So keep an eye on the soil temp and the air temp to come up over the next 5-10 days. Then consider rolling some seed in the ground.”

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