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Bollworms in Dual Gene Bt Cotton: Control and Expectations

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Over the last 7 days we have had numerous reports of high bollworm numbers in some BollGard II, TwinLink, and WideStrike fields in the Mississippi Delta. We have seen fields in the past that reach treatable levels but some reports are much higher than we have seen in recent years. At this time there does not appear to be any specific varieties that are adversely affected more than others. It appears to be a function of high pressure in isolated areas at this time. . . . → Read More: Bollworms in Dual Gene Bt Cotton: Control and Expectations

Last Effective Bloom Date in Cotton

The last effective bloom date is the last date that a white flower will accumulate enough heat units to mature into a harvestable boll.  Generally speaking it takes 850 heat units for a white flower to mature into a harvestable boll.  Using 30-year historical weather data from the National Climatic Data Center, the last effective bloom . . . → Read More: Last Effective Bloom Date in Cotton

Another Surge Valve Experience!

This week we encountered another issue with a surge valve. After irrigating with a surge valve the producer noted that neither the 6” nor 12” sensors responded to the irrigation. When investigating the problem it appeared that the grower had done as instructed, making the proper adjustments to the advance cycle. What’s going on? Further investigation . . . → Read More: Another Surge Valve Experience!

Late Season Potash Deficiency in Cotton

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The evolution of cotton cultivars has led to higher yield potentials and shorter growing seasons compared to the historical full season cultivars favored in the Mid-South.  These newer, faster fruiting cultivars may require more nutrients than older outdated cultivars.  Recently, across the Mid-South, many consultants, state extension and research specialists have observed numerous cases of potash . . . → Read More: Late Season Potash Deficiency in Cotton

Managing Cotton Aphids in 2014

We had a few calls over the last week about poor control of cotton aphid with Transform. In all of those cases, the field was actually sprayed for plant bugs with a 1.5 oz rate of Transform. That rate should be very effective on cotton aphid based on previous experience. As a result, we collected aphids from three different fields this week to test their susceptibility to Transform. . . . → Read More: Managing Cotton Aphids in 2014

North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7

The North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7 will present the latest research to the area’s row-crop farmers and consultants. The field day will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lee County Agri-Center Magnolia Conference Center on Highway 145 South in Verona.
. . . → Read More: North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7

Cotton Bacterial Blight Update: July 18, 2014 (UPDATED 7/28/2014)

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 7/28/2014)

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