Cotton responses to irrigation
Donald W. Grimes, San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center
W. L. Dickens
California Agriculture 31(5):16-17. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v031n05p16.
Donald W. Grimes is Associate Water Scientist and Lecturer, San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Parlier; W. L. Dickens is Staff Research Associate, U.S. Cotton Research Station, Shafter.
Abstract Not Available – First paragraph follows:
Irrigation is a major management consideration in cotton production. The plants require water delivered at intervals through 65 to 85 percent of the growing season. Not only is water a significant production cost, but its regulation through proper scheduling provides a unique opportunity to control plant growth and development in a way that favors high productivity. Such regulation requires an understanding of how cotton responds to water. This report summarizes several long-term cotton irrigation studies in the San Joaquin Valley. The results apply to conventional plantings with rows spaced 38 to 40 inches apart and normal plant populations.