Cotton Yield Increase and Quality Improvement

Agrology, wanting to stand by the cotton producers of Karditsa, who were affected by the Mediterranean cyclone Ianos in September 2020, offered Specialized Nutrition Products worth of 80,000 Euro, to cover the needs of 10,000,000 sq. m. of cotton, cultivated in 2021 in the area of jurisdiction of the Local Land Reclamation Organization of Tavropos.

The main objective of this initiative was to support the production and dynamics of cotton cultivation in the region of Karditsa, supporting producers by offering know-how and specialized products. With two innovative Specialized Nutrition formulations and experimental cost-related data: benefit – 1: 4, Agrology designed a Program of Interventions, aiming to the Cotton Yield Increase and financially support the producers.

The recipient of this initiative, but also supporter in its execution is the Local Land Reclamation Organization of Tavropos, one of the most important Organizations of the country, ensuring that all interested cotton producers will benefit equally and to the maximum extent possible.

Damages from Ianos

  • Hundreds of thousands of square meters of farmland were buried under tons of water and mud.
  • In the prefecture of Karditsa, 80% of crops were flooded, which equals to approximately 300,000,000 sq. m. of mainly cotton and corn.
  • Unimaginable devastation to rural infrastructure.
Picture 1. The disastrous effect of Ianos

Agrology’s Support Initiative

Agrology, wanting to stand by the producers, provided free of charge Specialized Nutrition Products worth of 80,000 Euro to cover the needs of 1,000,000 sq. m. of cotton crops.

The Local Land Reclamation Organization of Tavropos managed the distribution of Agrology products, with the technical support and guidance of the agronomists of Agrology, in order to more effectively cover the needs in the region.

Review of Actions

  • February: Announcement of the Donation to the media
  • February – March: Expression of interest procedure through the Local Land Reclamation Organization of Tavropos
  • March: Online Producer Update
  • April: Selection of producers who received the donation
  • May – June: Production and preparation of the Agrology products
  • 7-9 June: 1st Distribution of Preparations and technical updates to producers
  • June – July: Conducting applications and Continuous Field Visits to monitor the progress
  • 15-16 July: 2nd Distribution of Preparations and technical information provided to producers
  • July & August: Carrying out of applications
  • August – September: Continuous field visits to monitor the progress of the applications
  • October – November: Harvesting crops and Collecting results
  • December: Accountability Event

Proof ID

Within the framework of the Cotton Project, Agrology carried out 10 different proofs in the wider area of Karditsa.

Picture 2. Proof ID

Application Objectives 

By applying the Agrology Program’s Specialized and Innovative Nutrition and Fertilization Products during specific cotton growth stages, producers managed to achieve significant agronomic benefits for their crop.

The goals of the Success Stories are the following:

  1. Increase of the bolls number
  2. Cotton Yield Increase
  3. Early Production
  4. Improvement of Quality Characteristics

Specialized Nutrition – Fertilization Program

Picture 3. Nutrition Scheme

Agrology Nutrition Program – Complementary Interventions

1st Intervention: Emergence of Squares – Foliarly

  • Suprafix® ΜοΒοZin (100cc/1,000 sq.m.)

2nd Intervention: 5% of the bοlls have reached their final size – Foliarly

  • XGel® activ Topaz (300 cc/1,000 sq.m.)

3rd Intervention: 15 days later (when 75-80% of the bοlls have reached their final size) – Foliarly

  • XGel® activ Topaz (300 cc/1,000 sq.m.)

Mixture of Molybdenum, Boron and Zinc

  • Increase of Vegetative Growth
  • Flowering improvement
  • Fruit Set Boost

Ultra-concentrated fertilizer rich in Phosphorus, Potassium and Silicon

  • Fruit Set Boost
  • Bοll Size Increase
  • Improvement of Bοll Fullness

Aggregated Results of Success Stories 

COTTON PROJECT, KARDITSA 2021

After the samplings from both sections –Control and Agrology-, the necessary measurements were made and it was observed that the Agrology Programs generated impressive results for the benefit of the producers.

More specifically, the results were the following:

Increase of the bolls number by 25.8%

  • Agrology: 95.9 bοlls/meter

Control: 76.25 bοlls/meter

Picture 4. Number of Bοlls (number/meter). With the implementation of the Agrology Program, there was an increase in the number of bοlls by 19.7 (+25.8%), compared to the Control.

Cotton Yield Increase by 52.9% kg/1,000 sq.m. (15%)

  • Agrology: 405.9 kg/1,000 sq. m.
  • Control: 353.0 kg/1,000 sq. m.
Picture 5. Total Production (kg per 1,000 sq. m.). With the implementation of the Agrology Program, an increase in the total production by 52.9 kg/1,000 sq.m. (+15%) was achieved, compared to the Control.

Quality Characteristics

Improvement of fiber length and fiber fineness in 3 varieties

Picture 6. Quality Characteristics

Learn more about Agrology Specialty Nutrition Programs from our specialized staff Here.

This trial was carried out under specific field conditions and should not be replicated without the guidance of an agronomist or the Technical Department of Agrology. In all cases, Agrology products and programs must be applied in accordance with the label.