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Posts From Darrin Dodds, Extension Cotton Specialist

Cotton Irrigation

Cotton Irrigation

🕔09:38, 7.Jul 2018

Rainfall has minimized the need for cotton irrigation in many areas up to this point.  Some areas between Clarksdale and Tunica and isolated areas in the south Delta are dry and have irrigation water running.  As everyone knows, cotton irrigation

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Cotton Condition in Mississippi

Cotton Condition in Mississippi

🕔07:41, 7.Jul 2018

The 2018 cotton crop in Mississippi has some degree of difference in terms of crop maturity at this point in the growing season.  Some growers have cotton that has been blooming for nearly three weeks while others have blooms that

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Managing Plant Bugs in Cotton That is Just Starting (or About to Start) Bloom: Diamond or Not?

Managing Plant Bugs in Cotton That is Just Starting (or About to Start) Bloom: Diamond or Not?

🕔11:28, 22.Jun 2018

So far, the 2018 cotton crop is off to a good start. Good growing conditions caused cotton to grow off from thrips pretty quick and plant bugs have been fairly light so far this year. A lot of cotton has

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Plant Growth Regulator Use in Cotton

Plant Growth Regulator Use in Cotton

🕔11:52, 16.Jun 2018

Numerous questions have came in over the past 7-10 days regarding managing cotton growth with plant growth regulators.  While every situation can be unique with respect to cotton growth and development and subsequent plant growth regulator use, the slides given

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Reminder: 2018 Agronomic Scout School Dates

Reminder: 2018 Agronomic Scout School Dates Updated

🕔12:00, 18.May 2018

Mississippi State University will be hosting 2 scout schools this year. We have transitioned over the years to make these trainings much more diverse than insect pest alone. This year we will be including insects, disease, fertility, and herbicide symptomology.

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Bollworm Management in Bt Cotton: Things to Consider at Planting Time

Bollworm Management in Bt Cotton: Things to Consider at Planting Time

🕔08:23, 24.Apr 2018

As the 2018 cotton season approaches, it is a good time to look back at 2017. From an insect management standpoint, the number one thing that stands out about last year is the amount of foliar sprays that were made

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Cotton Target Spot: 2017 Lucedale OVT Disease Rating Results

Cotton Target Spot: 2017 Lucedale OVT Disease Rating Results

🕔11:42, 27.Jan 2018

Observations of target spot were made in the MSU OVT location conducted in Lucedale, MS during 2017. Included in this blog post are the observations of disease on leaves as well as the percent defoliation from all 52 varieties included.

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2017 Cotton Variety Trial Data – Final Data

🕔10:08, 26.Jan 2018

After a lengthy delay in getting fiber data back, final data for both the on-farm variety trial program and the small plot Official Variety Trial (OVT) are now available.  Please follow the links below to access these data.  Mississippi State

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2017 Cotton Small Plot OVT and Large Plot On-Farm Variety Trial Preliminary Data

2017 Cotton Small Plot OVT and Large Plot On-Farm Variety Trial Preliminary Data

🕔09:43, 16.Dec 2017

Cotton variety trials were conducted throughout Mississippi in 2017.  Small plot official variety trials (OVT) were conducted at the following nine locations:  Verona (dryland), Starkville (dryland), Brooksville (dryland), Senatobia (dryland), Lucedale (dryland), Tunica (irrigated), Clarksdale (dryland), Stoneville (irrigated), and Eden

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2017 Cotton Varieties Planted Report

2017 Cotton Varieties Planted Report

🕔09:03, 11.Nov 2017

The United States Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Marketing Service released it’s annual cotton varieties planted report.  The report captures what was observed in 2017 with respect to heavy adoption of Xtend(R) cotton varieties in Mississippi.  Based on the USDA-AMS

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2017 Row Crop Short Course – Updated

2017 Row Crop Short Course – Updated

🕔08:49, 11.Nov 2017

The 2017 Row Crop Short Course will be held at The Mill Conference Center in Starkville, MS on December 4-6th, 2017.  The program will kick off on Monday, December 4th at 9 am with a cover crop symposium.  Several growers

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2017 Row Crop Short Course

2017 Row Crop Short Course

🕔09:39, 13.Oct 2017

The 2017 Row Crop Short Course hosted by Mississippi State University will be held Dec. 4-6, 2017 at The Mill Conference Center in Starkville, MS.  Pre-registration is free until November 27th and will be $40 thereafter including at the door.

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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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