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  • 2017 Transform My Community Contest Begins Aug. 1

    2017 Transform My Community Contest Begins Aug. 1

    By Carroll Smith Editor Singer and philanthropist Bryan Adams once said, “I like the idea of helping people help people.” To expand that thought, one might say, “I like the idea of helping people help their communities.” The Transform My Community Contest, inspired by Transform WG insecticide and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and Cotton Farming magazine, is a way for cotton farmers and crop consultants to “transform” some aspect of their community with $20,000 prize money. This year’s program kicks off Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 30. Due to Section 18 label use restrictions, only cotton producers and consultants ... Read More »
  • When To Take A ‘Chill Pill’

    When To Take A ‘Chill Pill’

    Cotton, Cutout And Termination Of Insecticide Applications Scott Stewart IPM Specialist University of Tennessee Extension Cotton becomes less sensitive to injury from tarnished plant bugs and other pests as it matures. Below are data from a multi-state study done in the Mid-South on Bt cotton. It shows that terminating insecticide application for tarnished plant bug too early can cause substantial yield loss. The data pretty consistently showed throughout the Mid-South that insect management during the first four weeks of bloom was critical, and you can relax … but not necessarily quit … after this time. It is important to continue ... Read More »
  • Taking it to the field

    Taking it to the field

    By Carroll Smith Editor The bulk of the cotton acres in Tennessee fall within Tipton, Fayette, Madison, Hardiman, Haywood, Crockett and Lauderdale counties. Dow AgroSciences and PhytoGen experts recently held a reporter field day just inside Haywood County to share their latest seed, trait and crop protection strategies. Tennessee cotton farmer Kevin Earnheart also spoke at the event. Earnheart — along with his father — farms 6,135 acres of cotton in Crockett County. He proudly emphasizes that their farm is 100 percent cotton planted to 100 percent PhytoGen varieties. “This is my 24th cotton crop and my dad’s 53rd,” he ... Read More »
  • Improve Ragweed Management Practices with New ‘Focus on Cotton’ Webcast

    Improve Ragweed Management Practices with New ‘Focus on Cotton’ Webcast

    Excessive reliance on glyphosate to control ragweed has allowed resistant varieties to flourish in cotton production systems. A new Focus on Cotton webcast titled “Herbicide-resistant Common Ragweed Management in Cotton” helps cotton growers, consultants, and other industry experts diversify management practices and herbicide applications to better control ragweed populations. This 27-minute talk by Charlie Cahoon, Extension Weed Specialist at Virginia Tech University, provides information that helps users: • Improve cover crop selection and rotation strategies • Avoid ineffective control measures and herbicide applications • Assess different pre- and post-emergence herbicide combinations This presentation is available at no charge, courtesy of ... Read More »
  • A Very Serious Matter

    A Very Serious Matter

    As the 2017 harvest and ginning season approaches, the National Cotton Council urges its members to continue giving top priority to lint contamination prevention. Is contamination really a threat? Yes, contamination is one of the most serious threats we face. With strong competition from manmade fibers and cotton from other countries, contamination prevention is imperative. Our industry’s diligence in this undertaking will demonstrate to our textile manufacturer customers a steadfast commitment to providing quality fiber and help maintain our world marketplace reputation. Although the International Textile Manufacturer Federation’s “Cotton Conta-mination Survey 2005-2016” stated, “Very clean raw cottons were produced in ... Read More »
  • Fall Armyworms Look To Make An Early Start…Again

    Fall Armyworms Look To Make An Early Start…Again

    By Scott Stewart IPM Extension Specialist University of Tennessee It seems that fall armyworms have gotten a running start in recent years. This species does not overwinter in Tennessee, but it may survive warm winters in the extreme southern areas of coastal states during mild winters. It migrates into Tennessee each year. Often, fall armyworms don’t show in substantial numbers until late July or August. However, they are being found further north than usual for this time of year. What does this mean? • Fall armyworms feed on a lot of different hosts. Regularly scout pastures, especially Bermudagrass, as the ... Read More »