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  • 7 Tips for Successful Cotton Planting

    7 Tips for Successful Cotton Planting

    From planting depth to thrips control, North Carolina cotton experts designed these reminders to help you achieve optimal stands and good early season growth. By Guy Collins North Carolina State University The wet and cold 2016 planting season we encountered in North Carolina reminded us all about the fragility of cotton seed and the difficulty in establishing an adequate stand when Mother Nature is not cooperative. There are key points to keep in mind throughout the planting window every year and steps to take to avoid potential problems. In years like 2015, when planting conditions were ideal across much of ... Read More »
  • Be On The Lookout

    Be On The Lookout

    Entomologists from South Carolina, Mississippi and Texas offer an early outlook for potentially damaging cotton insect pests By Carroll Smith Editor Rows of young cotton not only are a beautiful sight to behold but also an attractive buffet for insect pests in search of a tasty bite. Entomologists in the Southeast, Mid-South and Texas have issued a be-on-the-lookout advisory for the usual suspects in cotton country. Top Four Arthropods Clemson entomologist Jeremy Greene says the potentially damaging early season arthropod pests he keeps an eye on are thrips, plant bugs, aphids and spider mites. “The thrips forecasting tool developed by North ... Read More »
  • Pest Thresholds In Cotton

    Pest Thresholds In Cotton

    Monitoring cotton pest thresholds has proven to be one of the more successful tools for keeping insect pressures in check. In the West, established research-based thresholds aid in determining treatment of cotton pests. Adherence to those standards can be the difference between making or breaking the crop. “These work in the majority of situations, provided producers stay within the guidelines,” says Dr. Peter Ellsworth, director of the Arizona Pest Management Center at the University of Arizona. By determining how many pests are present, and their stage of development, treatments can be managed for optimum effect and cost. Over the past ... Read More »
  • Coloring Cotton with Cotton

    Coloring Cotton with Cotton

    By Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University A collaborative endeavor has resulted in dyeing cotton with cotton. Archroma has pioneered the concept of using natural wastes and byproducts to synthesize dyes to color textiles. Bryan Dill, from Archroma US Inc., presented the “Earthcolors” technology at the recent international conference of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists in Wilmington, NC. Archroma has synthesized sulfur dyes from natural wastes such as almond shells, cotton gin wastes, plant byproducts and shoots of rosemary, etc. This technology originally came out of Archroma’s unit in Spain. Archroma collaborated with Cary-based Cotton Incorporated in using ... Read More »
  • Neonics Not The Cause

    Neonics Not The Cause

    The National Cotton Council is encouraged by some recent articles in which bee experts are saying that pesticides, including neonicotinoids, are not a primary cause for bee health decline. What are these scientists saying? In spite of the perception that pesticides are the cause for honeybee and native bee decline, T’ai Roulston, a bumblebee expert at the University of Virginia, disagrees. He states in the Genetic Literacy Project’s (GLP) newsletter that a fungal gut parasite is the most important factor in the rusty patched bumblebee’s decline. In the article at, the professor says this bumblebee species (recently declared endangered) and ... Read More »
  • Control Palmer amaranth Early

    Control Palmer amaranth Early

    By Jason Bond, Mississippi State University, Research/Extension Weed Scientist Because of the warm weather in March, many fields in Mississippi already contain emerged Palmer amaranth. Therefore, in fields that will not be planted for two to four more weeks, a residual herbicide for Palmer amaranth in a burndown application is critical. These treatments should include paraquat (Gramoxone SL, etc.) at 0.75 pounds active ingredient per acre to control any Palmer amaranth that is emerged at application. Options for preplant residual herbicide treatments might include Valor at 2 ounces per acre (requires 30-day preplant interval) or Reflex at 1 pint per ... Read More »