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Cotton Cercospora Leaf Spot Observed Across North Carolina

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• By Lindsey Thiessen • Cercospora leaf spot of cotton (Fig. 1), caused Cercospora gossypina (syn. Mycosphaerella gossypina), has been observed across North Carolina cotton growing regions. Foliar symptoms include reddish lesions that enlarge to have white to light brown centers. These symptoms may also be similar to other foliar diseases, like Stemphylium leaf spot or Alternaria leaf spot. Symptoms ... Read More »

Should You Spray 3-Gene Bt Cotton For Bollworm Resistance Management?

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• By Dominic Reisig • The short answer is no way! The following are data and logic to support this position. First, we have replicated trials in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia over multiple years stacking up non-Bt, Bollgard II, TwinLink, TwinLink Plus, WideStrike and WideStrike 3 cotton sprayed and unsprayed for bollworms. In one test, our bollworm pressure ... Read More »

Plant Disease Detection Using Smartphone Goes High Tech

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North Carolina State University researchers have developed a handheld device that can be plugged into a smartphone to help farmers identify plant diseases in the field. “All plants release VOCs (volatile organic compounds) as they ‘breathe,’ but the type and concentration of those VOCs changes when a plant is diseased,” says Qingshan Wei, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular ... Read More »

USDA Releases County-By-County MFP Payment Information

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a county Market Facilitation Program payment schedule for growers with commodities that have been affected by foreign retaliatory tariffs. The assistance covers specialty crops, non-specialty crops, dairy and hogs. The rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact the tariffs have had on that particular county. They are the ... Read More »

Texas Row Crops Experiencing Light Insect Pressure So Far

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Row crops in North Texas and the South Plains are in the home stretch and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts want producers to keep a watchful eye on pest infestations. Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Dallas, and Blayne Reed, AgriLife Extension integrated pest management specialist, Hale County, reported pest activity in North Texas and the South Plains has ... Read More »

Tips To Manage Growth After Hurricane Barry

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• By Tyson Raper • The calendar says late July, but the chill on the wind this morning made it seem like we had to be deep enough into the football schedule for a solid SEC football match-up on Saturday. This blog covers a few points concerning cotton growth under mid-season daytime and nighttime temperatures between 85 and 65 degrees ... Read More »