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Here's a video about growing cotton outside the cotton belt.  Not quite Canada, but he has worse weather than we do, so I think there is some neat ideas here.


 
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Bryant RedHawk wrote:I think you are to far north for a cotton crop.  Since I live in cotton country I will describe the season here in the South.  Planting of cotton occurs from the end of May through the middle of June. The crop flowers in July, bolls are set and they don't open until September, the crop comes off the fields starting at the end of September through October.  The bolls are sharp when the cotton is ready to pick, many a hand has been shredded by the act of hand picking cotton. To separate the seeds from the cotton you need a gin which can be purchased as a hand powered unit or electric motor type, from there you have cotton fiber and lint covered seeds.  (a gin is pretty much a lot of circular saw blades rotating in opposite directions, the blades look like a plywood blade (lots of teeth). A linter (the machine that gets the last bits of cotton off the seeds is the same as the gin but with the blades nearly touching) these things have been known to eat arms of the operator in the old cotton mills.  

If you are determined to grow cotton that far north, you will need a dedicated green house or two, you will most likely also need heaters for those buildings. Glass would be the glazing of choice for the cotton to grow well and you will need a bee hive for pollination  of the plants flowers.

This link should be pretty helpful to you in this adventure  how to grow cotton



If you are able to harvest cotton in early October when it is planted in May in the cotton belt, I might be able to grow early maturing day-neutral cotton where I live in Dayton, Ohio. The last spring frost usually hits no later than the first week of may here and the first Fall frost usually arrives by the second week of October. This gives me on average a 160 day frost-free growing season, but just to be safe, I would try starting the plants indoors in early April until daytime temperatures are above 70°F.

I have nevertheless found it difficult to find early-maturing, day-neutral, cotton seeds available in Ohio. This variety below looks like the most promising variety to grow where I live, but it is currently out of stock until December. It takes only ten days more to mature than many winter squash varieties:
http://www.southernexposure.com/red-foliated-white-cotton-1620-seeds-p-880.html
 
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I haven't seen it yet, but someone suggested this video about growing and processing cotton



(I don't know if she has English subtitles up yet, but her other videos are amazing!)
 
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