Cotton Consulting Services, Inc.
I know the growers in the Mississippi Delta are thankful
to say that the 2009 crop year is behind us. Hopefully,
2009 was a once in a 25-year event. With that out of mind
and a new planting season right around the corner, our
focus for now is getting the 2010 crop planted and off to a
By now, most growers have completed the fall fertility
program and are concentrating on variety selection/placement
and burndown, especially with glyphosate-resistant
marestail in mind.
On variety selection, which is no easy task with the
number of new varieties coming to the market each year, a
good rule of thumb is to plant most of your acres in varieties
that you have had both experience and success with;
experiment on a smaller scale with new promising varieties
and don’t plant more than five to 10 percent of the
varieties that you choose to ones with which you have had
Don’t forget to check the seed tag for germination and
purity. You will have to ask the dealer for the actual germination,
cool test results, year grown and blending information
since they are not listed on the tag. Also, check the
seed lot numbers for the seed year.
For burndown, I normally recommend a glyphosate plus
“D” mix. This application usually will allow us to knock
out emerging marestail and start clean; however, after the
horrible harvest conditions of 2009, most of our fields will
need to be re-worked with a residual herbicide applied to
hold us until planting.
Also, this year we will need to get the crop off to a fast
start by developing an exceptional root system.
At planting, I recommend planting into a clean, warm
seedbed; seed treated with an insecticide/nematicide for
thrip and nematode suppression; a banded rate of an inexpensive
pyrethroid for cutworms; and a seed rate of three
to five seeds per foot regardless of the variety.
With Palmer amaranth in mind, remember that a preemerge
herbicide application, including a residual herbicide,
will be of the utmost importance.
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• B.S. degree in Biology with minors in Chemistry
and Pest Management – Delta State University, 2003
• Member of Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association
• Licensed consultant for five years
• Second generation consultant
• Married to Mary Evelyn Harris
• Two sons: Sam, 5, and Harris, 1
• Enjoys hunting and fishing
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