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Influx Of Insect Pests Complicates Mid-South Growing Season

thrips species

As if Mid-South producers don’t have enough on their minds with rutted fields, flooding and late planting, now an influx of insect pests has made their lives even more difficult. And it’s not limited to just one crop, either. Cotton “This has been one of the lightest thrips we’ve experienced in a long time,” says Gus Lorenz, extension entomologist for ... Read More »

Insecticide Tips To Combat Plant Bugs

plant bugs

• By Dominic Reisig • With more cotton starting to square, ALL cotton in North Carolina should be scouted so we maintain acceptable square load to bring us into blooming (see this previous article for how to scout and use thresholds for plant bugs prebloom). Dr. Sally Taylor, Virginia Tech, has been performing bioassays with tarnished plant bugs from Virginia ... Read More »

North Plains Water District, Texas A&M Team On Water Conservation Videos

texas panhandle cotton

• By Kay Ledbetter • “Cotton and Conservation” is the title of a new series of videos being developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and North Plains Groundwater Conservation District. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, says she is excited about the new partnership that will report on cotton development and irrigation conservation at demonstration sites ... Read More »

Know How To ID Early Season Stand Loss And Cotton Diseases

stand loss from reniform nematode

• By Thomas Isakeit • Early season stand loss of cotton could be the result of fungal pathogens or, in the case of some fields in the Upper Coast counties (e.g. Wharton and Fort Bend), high populations of reniform nematodes. Seedling death from fungi can vary from season to season and severe impacts are usually associated with cool, wet conditions ... Read More »

Clemson Scientists Designing Robots To Fill Ag Labor Gaps

joe mara, clemson

The agricultural workforce is shrinking and some Clemson University researchers believe robots may help provide a means to protect America’s food and fiber industries. A group of them studying the use of robots in agriculture recently met with researchers from other universities and representatives from Clearpath Robotics to learn about programs and hardware that are available to equip robots to ... Read More »

Dry Spring Causes Cotton Management Challenges

alabama cotton planting

Rain in the forecast is a welcome change from the lingering dry conditions Alabama producers have battled this spring. Producers generally plant cotton between April 20 and the first week of June. Although early spring weather was conducive for planting, the end of May was hot and dry, creating significant challenges for stand establishment. Alabama Extension cotton specialist Dr. Steve ... Read More »