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2014 Cotton Varieties Planted Report

The USDA released their 2014 Cotton Varieties Planted Report on September 12, 2014.  Stoneville 4946 GLB2 was the top planted variety in Mississippi this year followed by Phytogen 499 WRF and ST 5289 GLT.  The entire report may be accessed using the link below:

 http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/cnavar.pdf

Cotton acreage by variety for Mississippi is presented in the . . . → Read More: 2014 Cotton Varieties Planted Report

2014 Cotton Defoliation Guide

Defoliation season is upon us and as such, the 2014 Mid-South Defoliation Guide has been updated and is ready for use.  Those who have worked with cotton fully understand the challenges associated with defoliation.  Further compounding an already difficult task is the forecast of uncertain weather over the next several days.  The 2014 Cotton Defoliation Guide . . . → Read More: 2014 Cotton Defoliation Guide

Cotton Irrigation Termination

As we approach the end of August, terminating cotton irrigation is on the mind of many folks.  In cotton, we recommend terminating furrow irrigation at first cracked boll.  If you anticipate bolls opening in the immediate future and have been dry for some time, a final irrigation event may be in order.  However, once bolls begin . . . → Read More: Cotton Irrigation Termination

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

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  These newer, faster fruiting cultivars may require more nutrients than older outdated cultivars.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

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

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

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