Schedule cotton irrigation by soil type, research shows

Intuition would tell you that if you irrigate cotton to make sure the drouthier sandier soils have ample moisture, the whole field should be in good shape.

But University of Tennessee research shows putting too much water on deep silt loam soils at the wrong time can reduce yields, according to Dr. Brian Leib, an associate professor of biosystems engineering and soil science at the University of Tennessee.

Tim Grant, a graduate student working with Dr. Leib at the University of Tennessee's West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jaskson, talked about on-farm irrigation research at the UT Cotton Tour last month.

For more information on Dr. Leib’s research, visit

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