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Clemson geneticists unravel key to pigweed’s glyphosate resistance

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Just hearing “pigweed” can cause fear in cotton and soybean farmers, but a Clemson University geneticist and others believe they have discovered the armor this dreaded weed uses to protect itself against the herbicide glyphosate. The researchers have determined a specific genetic feature, the extrachromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA) replicon, gives Palmer pigweed, or Palmer amaranth, its resistance to glyphosate and ... Read More »

EPA registers FMC insecticide premix

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently registered Elevest insecticide from FMC Corp. for use on several crops, including cotton, soybeans, sweet corn, peanut and potatoes. The product is a premix of the full rate of Rynaxypyr — the brand name for chlorantraniliprole — and a full rate of the pyrethroid, bifenthrin. Together, they offer growers fast knockdown as well as ... Read More »

Deltapine kicks off 13th NPE season

Deltapine has kicked off the 13th season of its New Product Evaluator Program where participating growers will plant and evaluate eight Bollgard XtendFlex varietal candidates in large-acre plots for on-farm evaluation. The plots will be managed accordingly to each grower’s practices consisting of both irrigated and non-irrigated fields, planted in various soil types and subjected to local environmental conditions. Feedback ... Read More »

Texas A&M to host plastic contamination webinar, May 6

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Nueces and San Patricio counties will be hosting a free webinar from 8:30 a.m. to noon, May 6, to discuss practices both growers and ginners can implement to help the industry address plastic contamination in cotton. “Plastic contamination is one of the greatest problems for cotton producers,” said Jason Ott, AgriLife Extension agent, ... Read More »

NCGA Comments In The Wake Of Ginner Schools’ Cancellations

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The National Cotton Ginners Association recently canceled all 2020 Ginner Schools due to the uncertainties regarding reopening dates for states and travel restrictions placed on instructors. NCGA Executive Director Harrison Ashley says, “After 33 continuous years of Ginner Schools, the decision to cancel the schools was difficult. Even if reopenings occur, the phase-in protocols will require limiting meeting sizes, and ... Read More »

Economists look ahead, make plans for Alabama crop producers

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An unstable commodity market, combined with low market prices, may make this growing season more difficult than usual for Alabama crop producers. Max Runge, an Alabama Extension economist, said agricultural producers across the country are facing a troubling and uncertain future. “When I started in this position more than 25 years ago, I remember farmers were told to do more ... Read More »

Useful tool helps predict need for foliar thrips treatments

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• By Scott Stewart • The Thrips Infestation Predictor for Cotton can be found at https://climate.ncsu.edu/cottonTIP. This is a useful tool for predicting whether a foliar insecticide application is needed for thrips control in cotton. It uses local weather data in association with a user-defined planting date to estimate the size of the local thrips population, the susceptibility of seedling ... Read More »