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Cotton insect update — thrips be rolling

adult tarnished plant bug

• By Scott Stewart • It’s been a challenge getting our crops in the ground, and our planting dates are really stretched out. It is especially important that our late planted cotton gets off to a good start to make up for a little lost time. Unfortunately, the ‘Thrips Infestation Predictor for Cotton’ (https://climate.ncsu.edu/cottonTIP) appears to be dead on in ... Read More »

Ninth Circuit Court vacates EPA low-volatility dicamba registrations

dicamba

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco vacated current U.S. registrations for three low-volatility dicamba products on June 3. At least three states have said they will continue to allow dicamba applications unless otherwise told since the products are still registered in their states. “The dicamba herbicide brands XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXapan are still registered ... Read More »

It’s time to be monitoring your cotton crop

young cotton field

• By Guy Collins and Dominic Reisig • This planting season has been frustrating to say the least. We had a five-day stretch of good planting weather during May 13-17 and intermittently at other times during May, as planting was interrupted by abnormally cool spells or exceptionally wet weather throughout the duration of most of our typical planting window. Regardless ... Read More »

Texas native returns to lead the Semi-Arid Agricultural Systems Institute

craig bednarz

A regional native and nationally prominent researcher in plant breeding has been hired as the director of the Semi-Arid Agricultural Systems Institute at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. Dr. Craig Bednarz, an Idalou native, began May 1 in a joint appointment by West Texas A&M, Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Amarillo and the Texas A&M University Department of ... Read More »

UArk cotton scouting school goes virtual June 4

online scouting school

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension has taken cotton scouting virtual with its Zoom-based cotton scouting school, June 4, at 8:30 a.m. CDT. It will last for about two hours. Extension specialists will cover scouting and management for insect and disease pests, cotton growth and development, and basic pesticide safety. A live question and answer session with Extension specialists will ... Read More »

Louisiana cotton crop planted; it’s going to be a small

louisiana cotton bales

• By Kenneth Gautreaux • Louisiana’s cotton farmers have nearly completed this year’s planting, and the crop size has shrunk when compared to earlier estimates. In early February, estimates had planting intentions for cotton around 230,000 acres, with the possibility it could be as large as 250,000 acres. Market conditions and loan availability have lowered that number considerably. LSU AgCenter ... Read More »

Coronavirus relief funds now available to cotton farmers

arkansas cotton

• By Ryan McGeeney • Cotton growers who have been financially affected by the global drop in demand and market prices are now eligible for relief funding through the federal Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released additional details regarding the program, through which payments are now available for a number of non-specialty crops, including upland ... Read More »