Home » Tag Archives: disease

disease

Late season heat, dry weather aided Mississippi cotton

mississippi cotton

Parts of Mississippi’s landscape are turning white, but unlike some northern areas, this coloration is caused by cotton bolls opening for harvest, not snow accumulation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that nearly a quarter of Mississippi’s cotton crop had been harvested by Sept. 29. To date, 45% of the crop is rated in good condition and 39% fair. Cotton ... Read More »

A Year Of Learning

cotton blue disease cupping

Multidisciplinary Teams From Several Cotton States Work To Learn More About Cotton Leaf Roll Dwarf Virus. • By Amanda Huber, Southeast Editor • Teams of cotton researchers throughout the Cotton Belt are working diligently to learn more about the new disease that has garnered everyone’s attention. Although it was possibly in growers’ fields a year or two prior, researchers identified ... Read More »

Plant Disease Detection Using Smartphone Goes High Tech

smartphone disease detection

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 »

Teamwork Is Key To Success

carroll smith

While interviewing University of Georgia cotton specialist Dr. Jared Whitaker about cotton blue disease, he wrapped up by saying, “The more people we have working on this issue, the quicker we can figure it out.” It occurred to me that this thought is a great endorsement for teamwork. And if you want to see teamwork in action, read the cover ... Read More »

It’s B-A-A-A-C-K

bacterial blight leaf spot

Bacterial Blight Reappears In The Delta, Damaging Fields And Prompting Repeated Calls For Use Of Resistant Varieties. By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor — Since bacterial blight reappeared in the Mississippi Delta in 2011 after a decades-long hiatus, researchers and consultants continue to debate the cause. But one thing they agree upon is one of the best ways to manage this ... Read More »

3 Keys To Successful Variety Selection

Dr. Joel Faircloth Pfafftown, N.C. We are now “in the short rows” of making variety selection decisions. This may be the most critical decision a producer makes. Let’s take a look at three elements of variety selection. Field History Variety selection should be done on a field-by-field basis. A variety that is a rockstar in one field may not work ... Read More »