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Peer-reviewed Article

Cotton responses to irrigation


Donald W. Grimes, San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center
W. L. Dickens

publication information

California Agriculture 31(5):16-17. May 1977.


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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.

author affiliations

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.