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Hurricane Hanna devastates Texas Rio Grande cotton

flooded cotton

Cotton producers in the Rio Grande Valley took a devastating hit from Hurricane Hanna, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Other row crops like corn and sorghum were harvested before the storm arrived, but some alternative crops like sesame and citrus experienced damages as well. Dr. Holly Davis, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Weslaco, said Hurricane Hanna took an ... Read More »

UGA Southeast REC hosts annual field day online Aug. 12

university o georgia field day

University of Georgia faculty will share the latest research on cotton, soybeans, corn and other southeast Georgia crops during the annual Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center Field Day held online Aug. 12. Research and Extension faculty will present current research conducted at the Midville facility to include agronomic, pest and disease management of row crops as well as plant ... Read More »

Increased whitefly pressure concerns cotton, vegetable growers

silverleaf whiteflies

As the summer months continue to deliver hot, dry conditions throughout most of the state, growers need to be on the lookout for silverleaf whitefly in cotton and vegetables. “We are most likely going to see a surge in silverleaf whitefly this year, both in terms of population size and range,” said University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton specialist Phillip ... Read More »

Keep your eyes peeled for bollworms in the coming weeks

bollworm in cotton

• By Scott Stewart • Although current moth activity remains relatively low, I’m expecting a peak of moth activity sometime beginning around Aug. 5 through 10. Bollworm (a.k.a., corn earworm) poses a significant threat to cotton and soybeans, and particularly late-planted soybeans that are still flowering when the flight arrives. Below are some thoughts on managing for this troubling pest. ... Read More »

Mystery seeds arrive in Texas

mystery seeds

• By Kay Ledbetter • Texas residents are now among those across the nation receiving mysterious seeds delivered by mail in tiny bags marked as jewelry. U.S. Department of Agriculture officials are on alert because these seeds are unsolicited. Dr. Kevin Ong, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist and director of the Texas Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in College ... Read More »

Caution urged after mystery seed mailings

mystery seeds

State agriculture officials are warning residents to be wary of unsolicited packages of seeds mailed to them. Reports have surfaced from South Carolina, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, Kansas, Washington and Ohio, to name a few. The South Carolina Department of Agriculture and Clemson University’s Regulatory Services division are working together to investigate after that state’s residents reported receiving packages ... Read More »