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Posts From Darrin Dodds, Extension Cotton Specialist

Cotton Foliar Diseases (updated/corrected)

Cotton Foliar Diseases (updated/corrected)

🕔11:21, 12.Aug 2017

Unsightly spots on cotton leaves are becoming more common as the year progresses.  There are a number of things that can cause cotton leaf spotting including herbicide injury, disease, insect feeding (i.e. spider mites), or numerous other factors.  The focus of this

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Late Season Nutrient Deficiency/Fertilizer Applications in Cotton

Late Season Nutrient Deficiency/Fertilizer Applications in Cotton

🕔10:28, 5.Aug 2017

Generally speaking as we approach this time of year, the discussion in cotton turns to irrigation termination.  However, given that we are about 10-14 days later than “normal” numerous questions are still be posed regarding late season fertilizer applications.  A number

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MS Agricultural Industry Council – Row Crop Update

MS Agricultural Industry Council – Row Crop Update

🕔22:41, 19.Jul 2017

You are welcome to attend the Row Crop Update at the Mississippi Agricultural Industry Council Conference. The conference is hosted at Perdido Beach Resort in Orange Beach, Alabama on Wednesday, July 26.

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Cotton Irrigation Considerations

Cotton Irrigation Considerations

🕔11:46, 15.Jul 2017

A few short weeks ago, excessive water was an issue for many; however, today many folks (particularly in the Delta) are in need or rainfall/irrigation.  Given the challenging weather so far this year a couple of points should be considered

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Cotton Field Tour/Turnrow Talk – Brooksville, MS – July 12

Cotton Field Tour/Turnrow Talk – Brooksville, MS – July 12

🕔17:02, 7.Jul 2017

Field tour from 9 – 10:45 A.M.  A field tour co-hosted with Dow AgroSciences/Phytogen will be conducted under the leadership of Drs. Dodds and Catchot.  The program for the field tour is as follows:  Phytogen Variety Overview – Kerry Saylors –

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Cotton:  Plant Growth Regulator Use

Cotton: Plant Growth Regulator Use

🕔16:53, 7.Jul 2017

Over the past two weeks cotton has started growing and finally looking like cotton. Many have been hesitant until the past couple of weeks to apply plant growth regulators given the poor growing conditions that were persistent throughout most of

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Cotton Disease Update: July 6, 2017 UPDATED (7/10/2017 @ 6 PM)

Cotton Disease Update: July 6, 2017 UPDATED (7/10/2017 @ 6 PM)

🕔06:47, 6.Jul 2017

Bacterial blight of cotton has shown up in younger cotton in east and west MS. At present, 10 counties have been observed to contain bacterial blight cotton. To date (July 6), target spot has not been observed in the MS cotton crop.

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Cotton:  General Crop Update

Cotton: General Crop Update

🕔15:37, 30.Jun 2017

The fourth of July is typically associated with cotton blooms in Mississippi.  While some fields are blooming or will do so in the next few days; a number of fields are still one to two weeks away from blooms appearing.  In general,

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Thrips and Herbicide Co-Applications

Thrips and Herbicide Co-Applications

🕔14:34, 2.Jun 2017

There is no question that we are seeing increased tolerance to the seed treatments with tobacco thrips in cotton. We made an effort this year to encourage the use of acephate either in-furrow or as an overtreatment to the normal

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2017 Cotton Maturity Guide

2017 Cotton Maturity Guide

🕔17:17, 26.May 2017

The updated 2017 cotton maturity guide can be accessed using the link below.  Keep in mind that maturity differences depicted in this guide are in an “everything else being equal” scenario.  A number of factors can affect maturity including (but

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When Should I Park My Cotton Planter?

When Should I Park My Cotton Planter?

🕔17:04, 26.May 2017

It may be the understatement of the year to say that this spring has been very challenging for the agricultural community in Mississippi.  Cool, wet weather seems to disappear then return, wind and sandblasting has caused severe damage to emerged

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Sandblasted Cotton/Re-Plant Decisions

Sandblasted Cotton/Re-Plant Decisions

🕔18:08, 5.May 2017

Approximately 20% of the cotton acres intended in Mississippi have been planted; however, given the cool, wet weather as well as high winds in the north Delta over the past several days, a number of re-plants will likely be taking place. 

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Impact of Environmental Conditions on Thrips Management in Cotton and Peanut

Impact of Environmental Conditions on Thrips Management in Cotton and Peanut

🕔18:02, 5.May 2017

We had unseasonably warm weather and good planting conditions during late March and early April. As a result, several cotton and peanut fields have been planted throughout Mississippi over the last month. Unfortunately, the weather has taken a turn for

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Online Auxin Herbicide Training Starts February 13

Online Auxin Herbicide Training Starts February 13

🕔10:17, 3.Feb 2017

Mississippi producers interested in purchasing auxin-containing herbicides intended for in-crop use on 2,4-D- or dicamba-tolerant crops must first complete mandatory online training.

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Seed Treatment Choices For Cotton Will Be More Important In 2017

Seed Treatment Choices For Cotton Will Be More Important In 2017

🕔13:54, 25.Jan 2017

In 2017, the need to maximize thrips control to avoid foliar applications will be more important than ever. With the introduction and anticipation of numerous acres with the new herbicide traits resistant to Dicamba, there will be NO INSECTICIDE tank

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2016 Mississippi County Meeting Schedule – Finalized

2016 Mississippi County Meeting Schedule – Finalized

🕔10:28, 14.Jan 2017

MSU Extension is hosting a series of meetings to be held throughout the state to prepare growers for the upcoming season.  These meetings will focus on market outlooks, variety selection, weed management, insect and plant disease management, and other current crop production

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2017 MSU County Meeting Schedule – January

🕔09:12, 7.Jan 2017

MSU Extension is hosting a series of meetings to be held throughout the state to prepare growers for the upcoming season.  These meetings will focus on market outlooks, variety selection, weed management, insect and plant disease management, and other current crop production

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2016 On-Farm Cotton Variety Trial Data

🕔09:40, 12.Dec 2016

On-farm variety trials were conducted at a total of 17 location in 2016.  A total of 8 locations were in the Delta all of which were irrigated.  Nine locations were in the hills one of which was irrigated. With the exception

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2016 MSU Cotton OVT Data – Updated 12/15/2016

🕔15:42, 7.Dec 2016

Data for the Mississippi Cotton Official Variety Trial (OVT) program has been collected, analyzed, and complied for publication.  Small plot OVT trials were conducted in 10 locations in 2016 with plots consisting of 2 rows that were 35 – 40

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2016 Row Crop Short Course – Pre-Registration Ends November 28th

🕔10:14, 26.Nov 2016

On behalf of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, we would like to cordially invite you to attend the 2016 Row Crop Short Course to be held at the Cotton Mill Conference Center near the campus of Mississippi State University

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2016 Row Crop Short Course – Updated Program

🕔09:00, 12.Nov 2016

On behalf of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, we would like to cordially invite you to attend the 2016 Row Crop Short Course to be held at the Cotton Mill Conference Center near the campus of Mississippi State University

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2016 Row Crop Short Course

🕔16:30, 21.Oct 2016

On behalf of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, we would like to cordially invite you to attend the 2016 Row Crop Short Course to be held at the Cotton Mill Conference Center near the campus of Mississippi State University

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2016 Mid-South Cotton Defoliation Guide

🕔14:09, 23.Sep 2016

Although a large number of cotton acres have received at least one application of harvest aid, many acres still are in need of a second harvest aid application.  For those still waiting to make a first harvest aid application, keep in

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Cotton Varieties Planted Report

Cotton Varieties Planted Report

🕔14:03, 23.Sep 2016

The USDA-AMS has released it’s 2016 cotton varieties planted report.  The report in it’s entirety can be accessed clicking the following: 2016 Cotton Varieties Planted Report The top 10 planted varieties in Mississippi are given below:

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Cotton Disease Update: August 19, 2016

Cotton Disease Update: August 19, 2016

🕔21:04, 19.Aug 2016

Due in large part to the continued wet weather, cotton diseases have been on the increase over the past two weeks. Boll rot, bacterial blight and target spot have all been observed throughout the MS cotton production system.

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