The 2015 Oklahoma crop needs to pick up another 900 or so heat units before harvest, says an Oklahoma State University Extension cotton specialist. The crop is late, says Randy Boman, Oklahoma State University Extension cotton leader and resident director of the Southwest Research Center at Altus. “We accumulated 1,650 heat units from early June into early August. Now, we need a good fall.” “We need to squeeze out as many heat units as we can.”
It’s been a season of extremes for Oklahoma farmers who were rained out of their fields for most of the month of May before drought came on in June. Boman said farmers also are concerned about predictions for a “Godzilla El Niño off the South American coast.” If predictions hold, the El Niño could bring record rainfall into the Southwest this fall and winter.
“We’ll just have to take that as it comes,” Boman said. “We are hoping for the best.”