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Alabama Cotton Scouting School goes digital July 24

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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System Cotton Scouting School is iconic. For 60 years, Extension scientists taught the Scouting School in person and hands-on. But the 61st Cotton Scouting School is going digital — pushed to an online version because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The short course will be July 24 from 8 a.m. to noon EDT. via Zoom. Growers, consultants, ... Read More »

Unusual weather, unusual year for cotton insects

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Mild winter weather, cool spring days and a handful of heat-filled scorchers combined to create an interesting situation with cotton insects this spring and summer. Alabama Cooperative Extension System crop entomologists are keeping a close eye on the evolving situation. Alabama Extension’s Ron Smith and Scott Graham have been working with busy cotton producers all spring. Now they have focused ... Read More »

CLRDV found early in Alabama sentry cotton plots

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Alabama Cooperative Extension System scientists have confirmed the presence of cotton leafroll dwarf virus in Alabama cotton. This confirmation comes one month earlier than it did in 2019 and that concerns them. “Typically, the earlier disease onset occurs, the greater the associated yield loss,” said Austin Hagan, an Alabama Extension plant pathologist. “We found CLRDV-AL in sentinel plots during the ... Read More »

How a California court ruling affects Alabama cotton farmers

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Alabama producers with dicamba-tolerant crops in the ground are struggling to come to terms with a constantly changing situation surrounding a California Circuit Court ruling. California’s Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a dicamba ban effective immediately for XtendiMax, Engenia and FeXapan. This circuit court has issued a number of orders against pesticide and herbicide use on crops in recent ... Read More »

Public Enemy No. 1

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Follow Dynamic Stink Bug Thresholds To Time Sprays, Maximize Cotton Yields In The Southeast • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • In the Southeast cotton belt, stink bugs are public enemy No. 1 year in and year out, feeding on developing seeds within the bolls, reducing yield potential and fiber quality, and promoting hardlock. “For the Southeast, it’s been a ... 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 »

CLRDV will be a factor in 2020 cotton production

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Cotton leaf roll dwarf virus is now considered part of the environment, according to Alabama Extension specialists and Auburn University researchers. The same disease that was first recognized in 2017, damaged fields near the Gulf Coast in late 2018 and was widely detected throughout the state in 2019 will likely impact cotton crops in 2020. Most researchers agree: The symptoms ... Read More »