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Insect Control

Keep your eyes peeled for bollworms in the coming weeks

bollworm in cotton

• By Scott Stewart • Although current moth activity remains relatively low, I’m expecting a peak of moth activity sometime beginning around Aug. 5 through 10. Bollworm (a.k.a., corn earworm) poses a significant threat to cotton and soybeans, and particularly late-planted soybeans that are still flowering when the flight arrives. Below are some thoughts on managing for this troubling pest. ... Read More »

Entomologist Stewart named director of UT’s West Tennessee Ag Center

scott stewart

An entomologist well known to row crop producers throughout the South, Scott D. Stewart has been named the director of the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson. Stewart, who currently serves in Jackson as a University of Tennessee Extension specialist in integrated pest management and professor in the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, will begin his appointment ... Read More »

Alabama Cotton Scouting School goes digital July 24

alabama cotton

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

stink bug

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 »

Mid-Season Focus On Management

furrow irrigation

The 2020 season has been a challenging one thus far to say the least. As I write this June 2, our acreage is noticeably down due to prices and especially to the abnormally uncooperative planting weather throughout the large majority of our planting season. Many of our acres fell to prevented planting, other crops (primarily soybean), or both, although it ... Read More »

Industry News — July 2020

bob scott

Field-To-Market’s Newest Technology Partner Named The Seam has been approved as a qualified data management partner with Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture. This completes an integration of sustainability metrics powered by Field to Market’s Fieldprint Platform into The Seam’s latest technology suite, allowing farmers to assess the environmental performance of their management practices against regional, state and ... Read More »

Good Guys, Bad Guys

silverleaf whitefly

Consider The Use Of ‘Natural Enemies’ To Help Control Western Cotton Pests • By Carroll Smith, Editor • In the Arizona cotton insect arena, the most notorious villains are Lygus bugs and sweetpotato or silverleaf whiteflies. Lygus damage squares with their piercing-sucking mouthparts, which can adversely affect potential yield. Whiteflies are also piercing, sucking pests. But they primarily cause cotton ... Read More »