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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 »

Prepare For Timely Harvest

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

Years ago, there were considerable educational efforts regarding the initial 40 days of the season. Starting strong — achieving a respectable stand, obtaining good weed control with minimal crop injury, and winning the battle against thrips and seedling disease — is no doubt critical. But I think that in the southerly extremes, the last 40 days are even more important. ... Read More »

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 »

A Roller Coaster Of A Season For Some

harvest photo

Harvest season is especially busy and stressful for farmers as they often have two or more crops to gather in an eight- to 10-week period. There is also the potential for tropical storms and hurricanes that delay and reduce harvest and shorter days in November, which result in less harvest time. Cotton yields have generally been good with many fields ... Read More »

2018 Season Draws To A Close

Prevention of Plastic Contamination

As I write this on Sept. 5, the cotton crop in North Carolina is variable but generally good in many parts of the state. Yield potential among fields varies significantly and within a close proximity, depending on planting date, severity of drought stress during late June and early July, and rainfall that occurred during the latter half of the bloom ... Read More »

A Bird’s-Eye View Of Cotton

Justin Metz, Bowles Farming drone pilot

California farm enlists drones as part of high-tech toolbox. • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor •  Since 2015, Bowles Farming, a diversified family farming operation near Los Banos, California, has enlisted drones to help boost efficiency, optimize crop inputs and yields, and ultimately, remain profitable. But as technology integration specialist Justin Metz points out, unmanned aerial vehicles — or UAVs as ... Read More »

Pre-Harvest Considerations

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

After some mid- and late-season pest issues (lygus, mites), and a rough summer with high temperatures, most cotton fields still look relatively good going into boll maturation. Late plantings and fields that sustained a lot of early to mid-season lygus losses have top crops that will be important to attaining decent yields. They will need to be irrigated later than ... Read More »