Rainfall and cool temperatures causing delays in planting

Tom Hinde

Many growers across the Texas High Plains have delayed their planting according to the Plains Cotton Growers (PCG). May is typically a prime planting time. The weather situation is eerily reminiscent of May 2016. Cool temperatures and rainfall have caused the delays, and for those who have planted, caused concern for seeds trying to emerge to a good stand.

"Although the rainfall certainly is welcome, and gave many producers the 'planting rain' they needed to get started, we will need a more open weather pattern over the next few weeks so we can get this crop into the ground," PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett said. "All of our growers still have some time, but it's critical that we have favorable weather conditions." The first final planting date for the north and northwest PCG service area is May 31.