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Management Considerations For The Rest Of 2019

Gaylon Morgan/Texas A&M University Agriculture & Life Sciences

• By Guy Collins and Keith Edmisten • Statewide, the 2019 crop continues to be the most variable crop that we’ve seen in quite some time, primarily due to planting date, timing and duration of drought/heat stress, and spotty rains. In some areas, the crop varies widely within a small area, while other areas are somewhat more uniform. This variability ... Read More »

USDA-NASS Report Predicts 23% Increase In Cotton Production

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its August acreage report recently showing updated acreage from 14 states that were not finished planting during the agency’s initial report June 28. The weather-related delays affected cotton planting in Arkansas. Overall, NASS estimates cotton production will be up 23% nationwide compared to 2018. All cotton production is forecast at ... Read More »

Cotton Cercospora Leaf Spot Observed Across North Carolina

cercospora leaf spot

• By Lindsey Thiessen • Cercospora leaf spot of cotton (Fig. 1), caused Cercospora gossypina (syn. Mycosphaerella gossypina), has been observed across North Carolina cotton growing regions. Foliar symptoms include reddish lesions that enlarge to have white to light brown centers. These symptoms may also be similar to other foliar diseases, like Stemphylium leaf spot or Alternaria leaf spot. Symptoms ... Read More »

Should You Spray 3-Gene Bt Cotton For Bollworm Resistance Management?

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• By Dominic Reisig • The short answer is no way! The following are data and logic to support this position. First, we have replicated trials in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia over multiple years stacking up non-Bt, Bollgard II, TwinLink, TwinLink Plus, WideStrike and WideStrike 3 cotton sprayed and unsprayed for bollworms. In one test, our bollworm pressure ... Read More »

Plant Disease Detection Using Smartphone Goes High Tech

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North Carolina State University researchers have developed a handheld device that can be plugged into a smartphone to help farmers identify plant diseases in the field. “All plants release VOCs (volatile organic compounds) as they ‘breathe,’ but the type and concentration of those VOCs changes when a plant is diseased,” says Qingshan Wei, an assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular ... Read More »

USDA Releases County-By-County MFP Payment Information

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a county Market Facilitation Program payment schedule for growers with commodities that have been affected by foreign retaliatory tariffs. The assistance covers specialty crops, non-specialty crops, dairy and hogs. The rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact the tariffs have had on that particular county. They are the ... Read More »