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Choosing Varieties for the 2016 Season

Charles Burmester Contract Agronomist Decatur, Ala. I was raised on a small farm in Alabama where we always grew cotton and became very familiar with the crop at an early age. In, fact, my mother made me my own “pick sack” when I was five-years-old. After graduating from Auburn University, I started my career with the Extension Service in Alabama ... Read More »

Emphasis On Yield, Quality And Irrigation Response

Ken Legé PhytoGen Cotton Development Specialist Lubbock, Texas   Prior to joining PhytoGen, I had noticed that the germplasm coming out of PhytoGen’s robust West Texas breeding program that will serve the entire Southwest was producing high, consistent yields and was well suited to that area. In addition, the PhytoGen® brand varieties were exhibiting storm tolerance and tolerance to Verticillium, ... Read More »

Make Timely Insecticide Sprays

  Lee Hutchins Crop Management, Inc. Sinton, Texas I was raised in north Louisiana in south Bossier Parish and started checking cotton for my aunt and uncle when I was 14. I later graduated from LSU and served in the Army. After leaving the service, I went back to north Louisiana, worked there for a couple years, then moved to ... Read More »

As Harvest Nears, Cotton Has Good Yield Potential

Paul Scott Poag Poag Scouting Jonesboro, Ark. (Northeast Arkansas/Southeast Missouri) I started scouting cotton in high school as a summer job, then had an opportunity to work on a few acres independently while I was attending college. When I completed graduate school, I had the chance to make a living as a consultant and have been doing this ever since. ... Read More »

Growers Remain On Alert For Late-season Pests

John Richburg, Ph.D. Field Scientist R&D Coastal Crops – East, Dow AgroSciences Headland, Ala. Uncharacteristic to the Southeast, cotton growers in Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle have experienced isolated hot spots of tarnished plant bugs, prompting growers to be diligent in scouting fields for the presence of this potentially devastating pest. The incidence of plant bug hot spots bears ... Read More »

RGV Anticipates Another Good Season

John Norman John Norman Ag Consultation Weslaco, Texas My first work in pest management in cotton, other than the farm I was raised on in Cameron County, was with the USDA at Brownsville, helping to read results from insecticide trials. All that occurred in the early to mid-60s and then again in the early 70s following a stint in the ... Read More »

Mid South Challenges for 2015

The weather is usually far from consistent, but for the third year, we have seen a pattern of wet springs that make it difficult for Mid-South cotton growers to plant crops. They are forced to plant when Mother Nature allows between frequent rains. Often, planting conditions are far from ideal; perpetual wetness prevents staggering of plantings. Typically, the majority of cotton fields planted in the South Delta – from around Memphis farther south to the latitude of the Red River Valley in Louisiana – would have been planted by late April. Despite the reduced number of cotton acres throughout the Mid-South this year, the inability to stagger plantings and the timing of fertilizer and insecticide applications coming together simultaneously is making it challenging for growers to manage. Read More »