Mark J. Nemec
MJN Consulting Services
2009 was one of the hottest and driest summers on
record followed by some of the wettest weather anyone
has ever seen in Central Texas. Producers in this area have
finally hit the ground running in 2010. The rain we
endured last fall and winter prevented pretty much all
fieldwork preparation. After the long, wet winter, farmers
headed to the fields with everything they had just to play
catch up. Planters were pulling into the fields as the
fertilizer equipment was leaving.
Now that most of the cotton is either planted, or being
planted, it is time to manage the crop to its best potential.
This year is shaping up to be a very weedy season. Because
of all the rain we had last fall, many weeds matured and
left a large deposit in our seed bank. With the spring rains
come summer weeds, so I am asking growers to be proactive
in their weed control. We do not have glyphosateresistant
weeds here yet, and we need to try to keep it that
way as long as we can. After starting with a pre-plant herbicide,
treat when weeds first appear and do not wait for
more to emerge. Using herbicides with multiple modes of
action will be strongly recommended. If a grower waits,
the weeds will get larger and very expensive to control.
Early season insect pressure will be a concern here as
well. We have seen some of the prettiest wild flowers in
years right along with many wild host plants. With all of
the vegetation in the fields before planting this spring, we
need to be watching closely for the possibility of cut
worms. Thrips and fleahoppers need to be monitored as
well as I want to see the cotton in this area grow off fast
and fruit early to take advantage of the moisture before the
summer heat slows it down.
We are still in an active Boll Weevil Eradication Program
that is getting close to achieving its goal. I am encouraging
producers to cooperate and help out in any way possible
with the program to wrap it up.
We have a full soil profile of moisture this year. Most of
our area is dryland production, but a few good rains and
new vigorous varieties could lead to the need for some
growth regulator usage.
Even with all the hard work the growers in Central
Texas have had to do in order to catch up, there is
optimism for this year’s crop potential.
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• Independent crop consultant since 1994
• ASA Certified Crop Advisor
• Second generation consultant who consults on
cotton, corn, wheat, soybeans, watermelons
• Current President of Texas Association of
• Member of Texas Ag Industries Association and
Member of Texas Plant Protection Assoc.
• Married to Carol Nemec. Mark and Carol have
one daughter, Cassidy Jean Nemec, 11.
• Enjoys family time in the great outdoors and
taking his daughter hunting
Recap: Here We Go Again In 2010