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It’s Crunch Time For Cotton Insects

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• By Scott Stewart • The three to four weeks after first bloom, and typically the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August, is a critical window to scout and manage insect pests. This is when we are setting the bolls that will contribute most to yield, and it’s also a time insects are most attracted ... Read More »

Cotton Leafroll Dwarf Virus Present In Alabama; Scouting Essential

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Extension professionals have already confirmed the presence of cotton leafroll dwarf virus (CLRDV)—the causal agent of cotton blue disease — on multiple research substations across Alabama. The aphid-transmitted disease has been monitored closely since it appeared in cotton fields during fall 2017. Kassie Conner, an Alabama Extension plant pathologist, said the virus was confirmed in samples taken since July 1. ... Read More »

Ideal Weather Needed For Mississippi Cotton Crop To Rebound

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All of Mississippi’s 2019 cotton crop has emerged, but it’s off to a slow start. Of approximately 700,000 acres of cotton planted statewide this year, 57% is rated fair or worse by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as of July 8. The crop’s delayed progress is a familiar refrain among Mississippi farmers this year: Wet weather significantly delayed planting. In ... Read More »

EPA Registers Transform’s Active Ingredient For Cotton

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• By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • The Environmental Protection Agency has registered sulfoxaflor — the active ingredient in Transform WG from Corteva Agriscience — for several crops, including cotton. State registrations are pending. “This decision is supported by substantial data on human health and environmental affects, including many new studies on the effects of the insecticide on bees,” Alexandra ... Read More »

Know Your Fungicide Options And When To Use Them

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• By Heather Marie Kelly • Cotton is blooming in Tennessee, and I’ve gotten some calls asking about fungicides – there are options but none is warranted at this time. As the rain, heat and humidity continue, we may start to see target spot develop, which could justify a fungicide application. Only since 2013, when target spot in cotton was ... Read More »

Texas Tech’s Herrera-Estrella Focuses On Building High-Impact Cotton Program

Luis Herrera-Estrella

Luis Herrera-Estrella, Texas Tech’s first National Academy of Sciences member, started work in the fall in the Texas Tech Department of Plant and Soil Science. And now that he’s somewhat settled, the world-class plant molecular biologist has begun steps toward using cotton as a model system to develop technologies that are applicable more generally to all crops grown under conditions ... Read More »