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Scouting Cotton for Bacterial Blight in 2014

Bacterial blight of cotton can produce several different symptoms on plant parts.  Leaves, bracts and petioles all can exhibit symptoms of the disease.

Once again, bacterial blight has been observed in the MS cotton crop. At present, several fields in the south and north Delta as well as a single field in east MS have been observed to contain bacterial blight infected cotton leaves. To date (July 8, 2014), a single cotton variety has been reported to be infected in all fields. . . . → Read More: Scouting Cotton for Bacterial Blight in 2014

Cotton Acres Bloomed, Price Shriveled

This past Monday (June 30), USDA released their annual Acreage report. The report is preceded by the March Prospective Plantings report with the difference being a more solid, confirmed acreage number in the acreage report compared to an expected, planned number in the earlier Prospective Plantings report.

For cotton, total U.S. acres are called at 11.369 million. . . . → Read More: Cotton Acres Bloomed, Price Shriveled

Assessing Control of Tarnished Plant Bug in Prebloom Cotton

Tarnished plant bug numbers have actually started off at low to moderate levels this year in the Delta region but just in the last few days numbers seem to be picking up pretty good in a few locations and square retention is not optimal. I have mentioned on numerous occasions the inability to adequately access product . . . → Read More: Assessing Control of Tarnished Plant Bug in Prebloom Cotton

Plant Growth Regulator Use in Cotton Production

Several folks throughout the state have began applying plant growth regulators to their cotton crop and many more will likely start over the next couple of weeks.  Although plant growth regulators have gotten exponentially cheaper over the past 25 years, the basic chemistry of these products has remained unchanged.  First and foremost, do not use plant . . . → Read More: Plant Growth Regulator Use in Cotton Production

Importance of Monitoring Square Retention in Young Cotton

Square retention is a critical component of early season plant bug management. I would strongly encourage you to take square retention counts along with your sweep net counts prior to bloom. Not only does this help in the decision making process of treating plant bugs, but it also helps you to get a better idea of how the products you are applying are working. Numbers alone can be deceiving when adults are steady moving into the field. When large numbers of adults are migrating into a field it is not uncommon to have as many or more plant bugs 4-5 days after a spray than you did before you sprayed and it still would not equate to a control failure. . . . → Read More: Importance of Monitoring Square Retention in Young Cotton

Delta Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Crops Field Day, June 17, 2014

A corn, cotton, peanut, and soybean field day is scheduled for June 17th at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, MS. The general theme of the field day will include pertinent information for mid-season row crop issues. . . . → Read More: Delta Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Crops Field Day, June 17, 2014

Cotton Re-Plant Decisions – Plant Populations

Several calls have come in this week regarding cotton re-plants.  Making a call on re-plants is one of the most difficult aspects of crop production.  However, several things should be considered when assessing a potential re-plant situation.  The number of healthy plants in the field should be considered first and foremost.  Based on research conducted by . . . → Read More: Cotton Re-Plant Decisions – Plant Populations

New Neonicotinoid Pollinator Protection Labels

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We have had several calls in recent days as news gets out about the EPA’s recent label changes for neonicotinoid insecticides. The intent is to offer greater protection for pollinators in and around crops where this class of insecticides may be applied. Basically, the new language forbids the use of these products while bees are foraging and until flowering is complete and all petals have fallen off the plants. There are a few exceptions if certain criteria are met. . . . → Read More: New Neonicotinoid Pollinator Protection Labels

Start Planning Plant Bug Management Now

Although very little, if any, cotton has been planted in the Delta, it is not too early to start thinking about managing tarnished plant bugs. . . . → Read More: Start Planning Plant Bug Management Now

“Bee Aware” Flags Ready for Distribution

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Recently several groups in Mississippi came together and developed then adopted a set of Cooperative Standards for row crop farmers and beekeepers in an effort to increase awareness of pollinator’s and create an environment where each could coexist while minimizing any adverse conditions to either operation. As a part of that program the “Bee Aware” flag was . . . → Read More: “Bee Aware” Flags Ready for Distribution