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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 »

Mild Louisiana winter could lead to pest problems for ’20 growing season

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Amid concerns the 2020 growing season is setting up for a repeat of last year’s challenges, Louisiana State University AgCenter experts emphasized early season management strategies at the Northeast Louisiana Crops Forum held recently in Delhi. Continued warm, wet weather conditions in the region, worsened by the lack of cooler temperatures this winter, increases the potential for tough weed and ... Read More »

Annual Wiregrass Cotton Expo slated for Feb. 14 in Dothan, Alabama

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Genetics, profitability, crop management and soil fertility are a few of the topics on tap for discussion at the 2020 Wiregrass Cotton Expo. The annual event will be held Feb. 14 at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan, Alabama. The expo is free to attend and will include several exhibitors and speakers presenting information on a variety of topics. ... Read More »

February 2020 Industry News

UT Releases Field Crop Insect Management Recommendations The University of Tennessee Extension Service says the 2020 version of PB 1768, Insect Management Recommendations for Field Crops (and pasture), is now available online. “The guide has gone through substantial revision this year and closely matches the content on the mobile friendly Disease and Insect Field Guides at https://guide.utcrops.com/,” says Scott Stewart, ... Read More »

Planning Season Shifts Into High Gear

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I don’t like thick stands of cotton. What looks just right in May is too thick in August. And I sure don’t like hill-dropping that results in three or more plants per hill. I can’t stand spindly stalks. Think outside the box with me. First, I acknowledge that my experiences are biased by cotton in the southern extremes of the ... Read More »

To Spray Or Not To Spray

Imagine A Season Without Foliar Sprays For Thrips As most growers, consultants and researchers will painfully attest, thrips were extremely heavy and problematic throughout most of the Southeastern cotton and peanut growing region in 2019. From Georgia and Alabama to the Carolinas, thrips showed up early and with a vengeance on cotton and peanuts. In some pockets, it was blamed ... Read More »

Detection of cotton leafroll dwarf virus in North Carolina

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• By Anders Huseth • In late August 2019, cotton leafroll dwarf virus awas confirmed in a cotton sample submitted to Auburn University’s CLRDV working group. The sample was collected from a variety trial located at the Sandhills Research Station in Montgomery County, North Carolina. This is the first detection of this insect-transmitted plant virus in NC. Earlier in the ... Read More »