MULTAN            -        Ongoing temperature during the day and at night was suitable for cotton crop, however, next 40 days were crucial and farmers’ response would decide which way the production would go.

Director, Central Cotton Research Institute (CCRI) Multan Dr Zahid Mahmood said this in a statement issued here on Monday.

He said that temperature was most suitable for cotton crop witnessing formation of flowers and bolls.

However, from now onwards, farmers need to remain alert and cautious, he said adding that 70-80 per cent of the production would largely depend on how farmers respond.

A small mistake during next 40 days can cause higher losses, Dr Zahid warned.

He said that farmers should not let their crop water-stressed and conduct pest scouting twice or thrice a week.

He said that post-rain scenario in September provided suitable atmosphere for pink bollworm growth that could prove detrimental for cotton.

It happens at a time when crop usually witnessed robust boll formation phenomenon.

CCRI Multan director said that pink bollworm entered cotton boll just 30 minutes after it came out of the egg. 

He further stated that application of spray become almost ineffective after the pink bollworm entered the boll.

He advised farmers to consult CCRI Multan experts in case of intense attack.