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Recap: Protect The ‘Money’
Part Of The Plant


Chuck Farr
Mid South Ag Consultants Inc.
Crawfordsville, Ark.

By this time of the year the cotton crop is usually up and growing well. It has been through all the trials and tribulations that Mother Nature has thrown at it. This is the month (June) that the fruit structure and growth habits will be decided.

This is also one of the best months if you are a plant bug. Young juvenile squares are beginning to form, and that always is the first attractant for the plant bugs and other sucking pests. These insects must be controlled at this time to protect the “money” part of the plant.

Insects present in June would include plant bugs, aphids and spider mites. Control of these early season “bug” complexes is critical. These are the insects that not only will attack early squares where the highest dollar value bolls are located, but also without these bolls plant maturity will be delayed. And, a late harvest in northeast Arkansas could be a challenge with late fall weather.

June is also the beginning time to apply plant growth regulators. Earliness of the crop, proper insect control and proper fertility must be in order at this point in the season. If we let insects, timing of plant growth regulators or late fertility hamper our cotton crop, that generally will delay harvest and affect yields.

One of the major issues in my area is glyphosate-resistant weeds. Northeast Arkansas has heavy glyphosate-resistant pressure to palmer pigweeds and horseweed. Most of the horseweed is controlled prior to planting, but the pigweeds are something we will deal with throughout the growing season.

Our strategy to control these troublesome weeds is as follows: We start by applying residuals prior to planting and come back with more residuals behind the planter. Then we will continue to include some type of residual with our first shot of glyphosate and finish with another residual at layby to carry us to harvest.

If we can keep our early season insects and our resistant weeds under control, that generally means we can enjoy a successful and bountiful harvest.



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