Soil temps warming up for cotton and peanuts

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DOTHAN, AL. (WTVY) - As a new growing season begins, many farmers are still trying to put 2018 behind them in wake of Hurricane Michael.

This past winter was a fairly mild one which has caused some concern over soil pests, like nematodes
Warmer temperatures also helped raise the soil temperatures to the middle 50s.
That's perfect for corn crops, but a little too cool for others.

"The major crops are going to be cotton and peanuts. For those crops, the soil temperatures are not where they need to be at this time. We need them to get on up to around 65 degrees for three consecutive days at a four inch depth," said Agronomist William Birdsong.

Birdsong says the soil should be ready within the next 10 to 14 days for planting cotton and peanuts.

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