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Cotton Leafroll Dwarf Virus Present In Alabama; Scouting Essential

cotton leaf roll virus

Extension professionals have already confirmed the presence of cotton leafroll dwarf virus (CLRDV)—the causal agent of cotton blue disease — on multiple research substations across Alabama. The aphid-transmitted disease has been monitored closely since it appeared in cotton fields during fall 2017. Kassie Conner, an Alabama Extension plant pathologist, said the virus was confirmed in samples taken since July 1. ... Read More »

EPA Registers Transform’s Active Ingredient For Cotton

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• By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • The Environmental Protection Agency has registered sulfoxaflor — the active ingredient in Transform WG from Corteva Agriscience — for several crops, including cotton. State registrations are pending. “This decision is supported by substantial data on human health and environmental affects, including many new studies on the effects of the insecticide on bees,” Alexandra ... Read More »

Consider These Factors Before Treating For Stink Bugs

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• By Dominic Reisig • Folks have been noting a fair bit of stink bugs in North Carolina cotton and earlier than normal this year. Below are tips for scouting and treating, including insecticide choice: Scouting Stink bugs don’t damage cotton until it has bolls on the plant. They prefer small bolls about 10-14 days old, so start scouting as ... Read More »

Weather, Prices, Other Factors Cloud California Cotton Outlook

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• By Cecilia Parsons • California’s 2019 cotton crop will struggle this year as a result of late spring rains, shaky pricing and the loss of a key crop-protection material, according to farmers and marketers. Roger Isom, president of the California Cotton Growers and Ginners Association, said a farmer survey in mid-May indicated cotton was planted on 261,000 acres in ... Read More »

Mid-Season Management

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Rainfall has been frequent across most of the Bootheel, and as I write this, there are plenty of chances for rain in the future. Don’t be tempted to irrigate squaring cotton unless there is a substantial dry spell soon. However, starting the flowering period with adequate soil moisture is essential and should remain at adequate levels to ensure proper fruit ... Read More »