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Cotton Bacterial Blight Update: July 18, 2014 (UPDATED 7/21/2014)

Additional bacterial blight has been observed in the MS cotton production system. At present, 12 counties have been reported to contain infected cotton. . . . → Read More: Cotton Bacterial Blight Update: July 18, 2014 (UPDATED 7/21/2014)

Random Yellow Spots in Cotton Fields

Several calls have come in this week regarding random yellow spots in cotton fields.  While there are a multitude of things that may cause this, there seems to be an underlying theme in many cases.  Everyone is aware of the rainfall we have received this year.  As a result of season long moisture levels, oxygen supply . . . → Read More: Random Yellow Spots in Cotton Fields

Surge Valve Issues and Gleanings.

This past week we encountered the following situation. A Grower irrigated a silt loam field utilizing a surge valve. When he checked his moisture probes neither the 6” nor the 12” Watermark™ sensor had moved. What’s going on? After careful evaluation we realized that the grower had prematurely terminated the irrigation cycle.

A few weeks ago we . . . → Read More: Surge Valve Issues and Gleanings.

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

Insect Trap Catches, July 3, 2014

Bollworm catches were similar to the previous week while tobacco budworm counts continue to slowly rise. Neither is particularly high for this time of year. Southwestern corn borer counts were up sharply this week, with a few traps in the Delta above treatment thresholds for non-Bt corn. However, no county average was greater than 100 moths/trap, so . . . → Read More: Insect Trap Catches, July 3, 2014

Monitoring Cotton Growth and Development

Tomorrow is July 4th which usually coincides with the arrival of blooms in cotton fields.  Although the crop is somewhat later than “normal” this year, blooms are arriving daily.  Monitoring nodes above white flower is a useful tool for determining horsepower with your crop.  In order to determine  how many nodes above white flower are present . . . → Read More: Monitoring Cotton Growth and Development

Reminder: MSU/Monsanto Company Field Day – Robinsonville, MS – July 10, 2014

Mississippi State University and Monsanto Company will be conducting a field day in Robinsonville, MS on Thursday, July 10, 2014.  The field day will focus on the Roundup Ready(R) Xtend Crop System in cotton and soybeans.  Field demonstrations will include cotton and soybean germplasm as well as Palmer amaranth control in the Roundup Ready(R) Xtend Crop System.  Speakers from Monsanto . . . → Read More: Reminder: MSU/Monsanto Company Field Day – Robinsonville, MS – July 10, 2014

Now is the time to prepare for 2015 PHAUCET implementation!

  Now is the time to prepare for 2015 PHAUCET implementation!

Without a doubt the installation of PHAUCET (Pipe Hole and Universal Crown Evaluation Tool) on every acre of your farm is the most important water saving strategy you can implement. PHAUCET allows you to irrigate your fields uniformly with each furrow watering out at . . . → Read More: Now is the time to prepare for 2015 PHAUCET implementation!

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