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Texas A&M Finds Southwestern Cotton Rust Disease In West Texas

cotton rust

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has found southwestern cotton rust disease in fields in western and southern Gaines County and along the county line between Cochran and Hockley counties. AgriLife Extension specialists say the severity of the disease is still low, and fungicide application is not yet necessary – but producers should be aware of the symptoms. Southwestern cotton ... Read More »

3 Keys To Optimizing Defoliation

cotton boll maturity

With harvest season less than a month away for some Georgia cotton farmers, knowing when to defoliate is an important decision all growers have to make, according to Mark Freeman, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist. Before cotton can be harvested, the plant’s leaves must be removed through a process called defoliation, which helps speed up the plant’s maturity. ... Read More »

Cotton Blue Disease Discovered In Central Texas

cotton blue disease

A new viral disease of cotton found in recent years in several southeastern U.S. states has now been confirmed in Texas. The disease, cotton blue disease, was observed recently in a cotton field in Central Texas where multiple off-type plants were noted by a research group headed by Dr. David Stelly, a cotton breeder in the Department of Soil and ... Read More »

Texas Weather Pendulum Swings From One Extreme To The Other

Aug. 20, 2019 texas drought map

Weather went from extremely wet to extremely hot and dry across most of Texas, according to the Texas State Climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, College Station, said the weather turned from record-breaking rainfall in the spring to being among the driest and hottest summers on record. The jet stream migrated north, away from Texas, and tropical thunderstorms didn’t deliver in the ... Read More »

USDA-NASS Issues Season’s First Estimates For The Texas High Plains

high plains cotton

• By Mary Jane Buerkle • In its first official crop production estimates for the Texas High Plains this season, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service pegged the 2019 upland cotton crop at 4.93 million bales harvested from 3.63 million acres. Planted acres are estimated at 4.44 million, reflecting a projected 18% abandonment rate, which is about ... Read More »