Cotton cultivation in Andhra Pradesh

Recommended Cultivars

Varieties (hirsutum) : MCU 5, LRA 5l66, Kanchana (LPS -141) , L 389, L 603, L 604 & NA 1325(Narasimha)

Desi: Aravinda, MDL 1875 (Veena)

Hybrids: H 6, JKHy l, H 8, LAHH 4, NHH 44, Savitha, DCH 32 and NSPHH 5


Prominent cultivars in cultivation

Varieties of Cotton for Andhra Pradesh region



Year of








2.5 Span


Counts Remarks
LK 861 1993 25-26 170 34 29 50 Immune

to whitefly

LPS141 1993 24-25 170 34 26 40 Resistant

to whitefly

L 389 1993 25-30 160-170 35.5 29 50 Resistant

to whitefly

L603 1997 25-30 150-160 35 28 40 Resistant

to whitefly

L604 1997 25-30 150-160 36 27 40 Resistant

to whitefly

MCU 5 1968 28 160-180 34 30 60 Tolerant

to jassids

LRA 5l66 26 160-180 35 34 40 Tolerant

to jassids

NA 1325


18 160 36.2 25.6 30-40 Tolerant

to jassids





Year of









2.5 Span 

Length (mm)

Counts Remarks
LAHH4 1997 35 160-170 35 27 40 Wider Adaptability
NSPHH5 2002 32-35 160-165 35 29 40 Resistant to BLB,


NSPHH7 2006 34-35 160-170 36 32 40 Resistant to jassids (Pre


H 6 1979 35 180 36 27 50 Long staple cotton
JKHY l 1976 34 180 36 26 40
H 8 1988 35 165 35 25 40 Superior medium


LAHH 4 1997 35 160-170 34 27 40 Wider adaptability
NHH 44 1983 34 160 34 25 40 Suitable for delayed


Savitha 1987 34 170 34 28 50
DCH 32 35 200 31 33 80 Superior long staple



Deep black soils and Red soils with irrigation


Land preparation

For rainfed cotton, deep ploughing or subsoiling once in 3 to 4 years with disc or mould board plough facilitates deep infiltration of water and charging of soil profile with large quantities of water. The land has to be ploughed 2 to 3 times and work with a harrow to bring the soil to good tilth. Seeds can be dibbled at the intersecting points of lines made with markers. For irrigated crop ridges and furrows are to be formed at recommended spacings after deep ploughing.


Seed and Planting method and time

Region Seeding time Seed rate Spacing (cm)

Row to row

Spacing (cm)

Plant to plant




Last week of

May to first

week of June

4-5 60 22 Drilling


Mid-August to


4-5 60 22 Drilling


Mid-September 4-5 60 22 Drilling

Gaurani tract

June to July 4-5 60 30 Drilling

American varieties

Region Seeding time Seed rate Spacing (cm)

Row to row

Spacing (cm)

Plant to plant

Red soils of coastal Andhra Pradesh Mid-June 3-4 90-105 45-60 Dibbling
Black soils of coastal Andhra Pradesh July to August 3-4 90-105 45-60 Dibbling
Hingari region of Rayalaseema August to


4-5 60 30 Dibbling
Hill slopes of Telangana June to July 4-5 75 30 Dibbling
Shriramsagar area of Telangana June to July 3-4 90-105 45-60 Dibbling
Nellore and Prakasham district February 3-4 60-75 45-60 Dibbling on Ridges and furrows


Red soils of

coastal Andhra Pradesh

Mid-June 0.75-1 120 60 Dibbling
Black soils of coastal Andhra Pradesh July to August 0.75-1 120 60 Dibbling
Black soils of Rayalaseema July to August 0.75-1 120-150 45-60 Dibbling
Telangana June to July 0.75-1 90-120 60-90 Dibbling


Seed treatment

For delinting acid seed should be treated with 80-l00 ml H2 SO4 per 1kg of seed for 2-3  minutes followed by thorough washing with water 2-3 times and to remove the acid, it should be washed with lime to neutralize. Seed dressing with appropriate insecticide,Imidacloprid 70 WS @ 5 g/Kg or Thiomethoxam 70 WS @ 4g/kg or Carbofuran SD @ 40 g/kg of seed. Seed treatment with Paushamycin/Plantomycin l00 mg + Carboxin 1 g/lt of water and allow to soak for 6-8 hrs and then shade dry.



Monocropping of cotton and heavy dependence on chemical fertilizers should be avoided to maintain a stability of cotton production. Some suggested intercrops in cotton and black gram / green gram/soybean in 1:2 ratio. Thinning and gap filling: Gap filling should be done ten days after sowing. Excess seedlings should be removed within three weeks, retaining two plants per hill in case of varieties, one plant per hill in case of hybrids. Cropping systems Cotton-soybean-groundnut system has been found more remunerative than cotton monocropping. Cotton-groundnut intercropping in 1:2 ratio is more profitable than the sole crop of cotton.

Region Recommended dose (kg / acre)
 N  P  K
 Coastal Andhra Pradesh
American varieties 36 18 18
Hybrids 48 24 24
Desi cotton 8 8
American rain FED 16 8 8
American irrigated 36 18 18
Hybrids 48 24 24
Desi cotton 16 8 8
American 36 18 18
Hybrids 48 24 24
Rice fallow
Hybrids 60 24 24
American 54 18 18


Micronutrients Deficiencies

In the case of Magnesium deficiency spray 10 g Magnesium sulphate litre-1 water at 45 days and 70 days after sowing. In the case of zinc deficiency, spray 2-3 times at interval of 5-6 days 2 g Zinc sulphate litre-1 and apply 20 kg zinc sulphate acre-1 once in three years as a prophylactic measure. Boll drying is common due to B deficiency for controlling boron deficiency spray 1-1.5 g borax litre-1 water at 60-90 DAS twice at the interval of one week.


Intercultivation and other Management Practices

The Rainfed crop must be kept weed free by harrowing 2-3 times within the first 30-60 days of crop growth. In the case of the irrigated cotton crop, earthing up should be done with the help of a plough or blade harrow after fertilizer application and irrigation. Topping (i.e., nipping the terminal bud) should be done after the emergence of 15 to 16 sympodial branches at the age of 90- 100 days crop.


Irrigation of Cotton

  •  The general crop requires 2-3 irrigations depending upon soil type.
  • Cotton cannot tolerate excess water. Therefore drainage is very essential, depend upon available soil moisture (ASM), irrigation may be given at the interval of 20-25 days. Generally, after fertilizer application, flowering and boll development stage are critical for irrigation. The irrigation requirement in Kharif is 2-3 irrigations and in Rabbi 6 irrigations.
  •  Water logging condition and prolonged drought spell leading to soil moisture stress. Adequate drainage provision is a must, especially for vertisols during periods of continuous rains (September).
  • In the case of irrigated cotton, earthing up should be done with blade harrows after fertilizer application to provide adequate drainage and to facilitate water application. In all, about three irrigations may be optimum for Vertisols and five for Alfisols during Kharif.


Pest Management

1.Sucking pests (Jassids, aphids, thrips, whitefly)

Seed treatment with imidacloprid 70WS 5g/Kg or thiamethoxam 4g/Kg or carbosulfan 40-50g/Kg. Stem application with monocrotophos/ methyl demeton 1:4 or imidacloprid 200SL in 1:20 dilution with water at 20, 40, 60 DAS or spraying of monocrotophos 1.5ml/lit or methyl demeton 2ml/lit or imidacloprid 200SL 0.2ml/lit or acetamiprid 0.1g/lit or thiomethoxam0.2g/lit or acephate1.5g/lit was also equally effective in controlling sucking pests.


triazophos /profenophos 2ml/lt+5ml neem oil.

3.Mealy bug

1.Stem application; 2. 1ml dichlorovas + 2ml methyl parathion/malathion or 3ml quinalphos/lt.

  • Spotted bollworm, American Bollworm, Tobacco cutworm and pink bollworm : monocrotophos 2 ml/lit or quinalphos 3 ml/lit or chlorpyriphos 2.5 ml/lit or endosulfan 2 ml/lit or carbaryl 3 g/lit or acephate 1 g/lit or indoxacarb 1 ml/l or thiodicarb 1.5g/lit or spinosad (Tracer) 0.6ml/lit or emamectin benzoate 0.45g /lt.
  • Bollworms attack cotton from 50-60 DAS such as Heliothis, tobacco budworm, spotted
  • bollworm and pink bollworms which require integrated management techniques (IPM).The ETL for boll worms is 10% losses, one larvae, or egg of Heliothis plant-1 or one group of eggs of semi looper per 10 plants or 10 % bolls/ locules affected by pink bollworms.


Integrated Pest Management of Cotton

l. Growing cotton as a rotation crop rather than a continuous crop year after year to restore the phenomenon of polyculture in the system.

2. Application of chemical fertilizer as a supplement to organic or biological fertilizers as per the recommended doses.

3. Growing intercrops/strip crops/barrier crops. Crops like, Cowpea, Groundnut, Greengram, Soybean, Clusterbean were found better intercrops in increasing the effectiveness of natural enemies like coccinellids, syrphids, chrysopids, spiders, Trichogrammids, Apanteles, etc. Growing fodder jowar or maize as barrier crops around cotton and castor and marigold as trap crop was also found more cotton.

4. Using delinted seed to take up seed dressing with imidacloprid/ carbosulfan and mancozeb before sowing crop. Replacement of sprayable insecticides in the initial stages of the crop would help to preserve the populations of natural enemies of cotton pests. Recently, stem application with monocrotophos or imidacloprid at 1:4 or 1:20 dilution at 20,40 and 60 DAS was found effective in controlling the sucking pest like aphids, leafhoppers, etc., in initial stages of crop growth.

5. Monitoring pests by using sticky, pheromone and light traps. The adult monitoring should be supported by egg and larval monitoring following sequential sampling technique at frequent intervals in case of the bollworm. Bird perches should be arranged @ 10 to 20 per acre for encouraging bird predation on bollworm larvae.

6. The build up of broad-spectrum predators-spiders, coccinellids and chrysopids should be synchronized in other cultural operations. The release of Trichogramma egg parasite @ 50000/ha and Chrysopa egg larval predator @ l00,000/ha should be done as soon as the first brood of bollworms is noticed.

7. Removal of top leaves by topping of cotton plants when maximum egg laying of Helicoverpa armigera is noticed the formation of 16 to 18 sympodial branches.

8. Application of Helio NPV @ 500 LE/ha or Neem seed kernel extract (5%) in synchrony with early larvae of Heliothis. Neem oil formulation to manage whitefly initially.

9. Resorting to chemical insecticides – Need based application of recommended insecticides Endosulfan 2ml or Quinalphos 2.5ml or Chlorpyriphos 3ml or Acephate1.5g, Triazophos 2ml or Thiodicarb 1.5g/lit. For eggs control profenophos 2ml or Thiodicarb 1.5g or Triazophos 2ml/lt. In case of more incidence Indoxacarb(Avaunt) 1ml or Spinosad (Tracer) 0.3ml or Emamectin Benzoate(Proclaim 5% SG) 0.5g /lit. For managing red spider mites application of water soluble sulphur(3g/lt) or dicofol (5ml/lt) must be done. Similarly, if mealy bugs spread in patches to alarming level methyl parathion(3ml/lt) or triazophos (3.0ml/lit) may be used by mixing with sandovit or teepol.

l0. Removal of cotton stubbles after the last picking, without opting for ratoon crop or prolonging the crop growth with irrigations and fertilizer applications. This is essential to break the cycles of problem pests in the system as a whole.


Management Strategy for Pink Bollworm

Since eggs are mostly protected by calyx and the newly hatched larvae bore into the bolls immediately, it is difficult to manage this pest with insecticides. Therefore, hygienic methods are more important than chemical control. However, from the available literature, the following integrated methods to control this insect can be suggested.

1) Grow early maturing varieties so that the cotton bolls mature before the heavy
population of pink bollworm builds up.

2) Avoid staggered sowing in an area and take up timely sowings.

3)Use of acid delinted seed only.

4) Adopting efficient and timely agronomic practices such as the use of organic manures and
recommended doses of ‘N’ fertilizers only.

5) Keep the crop free from weeds.

6) Regular monitoring for pest builds up with field scouting and pheromone traps.

7) Destroy pink bollworm larvae in rosette flowers and also through the periodical removal of dropped squares, dried flowers, and pre-matured bolls, to suppress pest population in the initial stage.

8) Avoid ratooning and summer cotton.

9) Allow cattle, sheep, and goats to graze upon immature green bolls and attacked bolls after final picking to prevent carry-over of the pest to the next season.

10) Prompt removal and destruction of cotton stubbles to prevent carry over of a pest to next season.

11) Restrict the movement of cotton seed from other areas/states

12) Need-based use of insecticides.
A) Seed fumigation with methyl bromide at 0.4 kg/1000 cuft/ phostoxin 50 tablets/1000 cuft for 24 hours.
B) Spraying of persistent insecticides like quinalphos/chlorpyriphos at 2.5 ml/lit at 15 days interval on the need basis.

13) Even at the ginning mills burning the stained kapas have to be regularly advised


Disease Management in Cotton


Seed treatment with 80-l00 ml concentrated sulphuric acid. Use of resistant varieties like L-389. Removal and destruction of infected seedlings. Seed soaking in antibiotic (Paushamycin/Agrimycin 100 mg/lt) solution along with vita vax 1 g for 6-8 hours will eliminate seed borne diseases. Agrimycin 0.01% + copper oxychloride 0.3% at fortnightly intervals for 3 rounds.

2.Root rot

Seed treatment with Carbendazim 2 g/kg of seed. Drenching with copper oxychloride @ 3 g/lt of water around the base of affected plants.

3.Leaf spots

Mancozeb 0.25% or Copper oxychloride 0.3% for 4-5 times at l5 days interval.

4.Grey mildew

Wettable sulphur at 3 g/lit or Carbendazim 1 g/lit of water for 2-3 rounds at the 7-day interval.

5.Boll rots

Commonly used conventional insecticides along with fungicides and antibiotics. Harvesting and Post


Harvesting Technology

Kapas from fully opened bolls should be collected during cooler times of the day. Kapas picked should be free from debris like dried leaves; dried bracts etc., Kapas from the first and last pickings should not be mixed with middle pickings, which is of better quality. Kapas damaged by bollworms should be picked separately. The cleaned kapas is to be graded and stored in heaps or gunny boras in dry and well-ventilated godowns.



  • Central Institute of Cotton Research
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