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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 »

Be Proactive, Not Reactive, in 2015

Wes Briggs Briggs Crop Servics, Inc. Bainbridge, GA While in high school, I spent my summers employed by crop protection companies as an ag laborer. After entering Mississippi State, I had the opportunity to work under Jack Reed and Randy Luttrell – two of the best cotton researchers with the MAFES Department of Entomology. In 1990, I checked cotton with ... Read More »

Painting The Big Picture In Texas

Mike Lovelace Field Scientist, Dow AgroSciences Lubbock, Texas As with other farming regions, Texas growers are faced each year with a host of agronomic challenges, unpredictable weather and pest outbreaks that can impact their crops – and their profit potential. Texas cotton production is as big and diverse as the state itself, and it’s challenging to paint a picture with ... Read More »

Tailor Plans To Achieve Goals

Les Goodson Goodson Crop Consulting, LLC Monette, Ark. In 1998, while I was in high school, Dale Wells hired me to scout cotton. I guess something stuck, because this will be my 18th consecutive season to be scouting crops. After graduating from college, I continued working with Dale, as a full-time consultant, for Cotton Services, Inc. in Leachville, Ark. This ... Read More »