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If Amarillo is almost too far North to grow cotton, how can it grow in Kansas?

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Today‚Äôs topic on growing cotton in Kansas. It’s no surprise that the farther North a State is located, the cooler their temperatures tend to be.

So, how can a crop like cotton, that needs a good amount of heat units, thrive in a cooler climate?

To answer that question, I spoke with Dr. R. Louis Baumhardt, Research Soil Scientist, USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Bushland, Texas. He says the answer lies in heat units, management practices and even planting into stubble.


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