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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

target spot in cotton

• 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 »

Consider These Factors Before Treating For Stink Bugs

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• By Dominic Reisig • Folks have been noting a fair bit of stink bugs in North Carolina cotton and earlier than normal this year. Below are tips for scouting and treating, including insecticide choice: Scouting Stink bugs don’t damage cotton until it has bolls on the plant. They prefer small bolls about 10-14 days old, so start scouting as ... Read More »

UGA Cotton Team Studying Potentially Damaging Disease

cotton blue disease

Scientists from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Scientists are investigating the epidemiology of cotton leaf roll dwarf virus (CLRDV) in Georgia using a $75,000 grant jointly funded by the Georgia Cotton Commission and Cotton Incorporated. CLRDV is known to cause cotton blue disease, which can reduce yields up to 80% in cotton fields infected in early ... Read More »

Weather, Prices, Other Factors Cloud California Cotton Outlook

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• By Cecilia Parsons • California’s 2019 cotton crop will struggle this year as a result of late spring rains, shaky pricing and the loss of a key crop-protection material, according to farmers and marketers. Roger Isom, president of the California Cotton Growers and Ginners Association, said a farmer survey in mid-May indicated cotton was planted on 261,000 acres in ... Read More »