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Tips to minimize cotton injury with first post applications

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• By Larry Steckel • This week will be the start of the early postemergence applications in cotton. These applications are often critical to not only curtail weed competition but to combat thrips injury as well. The biggest concern with these applications is injury to the young cotton plants. Traditionally, the main pesticides applied are a mixture of glyphosate plus ... Read More »

When should I switch to an earlier maturing variety?

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• By Guy Collins and Keith Edmiston • There have been quite a few calls over the past few days from growers asking when they should consider switching to early maturing varieties. This is largely driven by the significant delays in planting during late April and the first two weeks of May (prolonged, unsuitably cool weather) and the likelihood of ... Read More »

Got hog damage? There’s an app for that

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According to a Mississippi State University research study, feral pigs cause $66 million in property damage in the Magnolia State each year. With the wild hog population increases and damage estimates constantly changing, it’s now easier to report and assess impacts with a newly designed MSU app. The “Feral Pig Damage” app makes it easy for users to report the ... Read More »

Consider planting conditions when choosing preemergence herbicides

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• By Charlie Cahoon Jr. • According to the most recent Cotton Planting Conditions Forecast, planting conditions should improve by next Wednesday, May 13, 2020. For those itching to start earlier in the week, I hope you consider how marginal planting conditions can influence cotton response to preemergence herbicides. Cool, wet conditions can influence cotton tolerance to all residual herbicides. ... Read More »

Link Found Between Pigweed And Plant Bugs

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• By Amanda Huber, Southeast Editor • The reasons to aggressively battle glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth (pigweed) are well known. This pest will outcompete any crop, and if left uncontrolled, can take over entire fields. But even with 20 years of research into this formidable foe, new evidence suggests yet another reason: a link between Palmer pigweed and tarnished plant bugs. ... Read More »

Economists look ahead, make plans for Alabama crop producers

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An unstable commodity market, combined with low market prices, may make this growing season more difficult than usual for Alabama crop producers. Max Runge, an Alabama Extension economist, said agricultural producers across the country are facing a troubling and uncertain future. “When I started in this position more than 25 years ago, I remember farmers were told to do more ... Read More »

Useful tool helps predict need for foliar thrips treatments

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• By Scott Stewart • The Thrips Infestation Predictor for Cotton can be found at https://climate.ncsu.edu/cottonTIP. This is a useful tool for predicting whether a foliar insecticide application is needed for thrips control in cotton. It uses local weather data in association with a user-defined planting date to estimate the size of the local thrips population, the susceptibility of seedling ... Read More »