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Insect Control

Stay Vigilant Against Plant Bugs, Bollworm

SPONSORED CONTENT Growing up in Franklin Parish, Louisiana, I worked on my dad’s farm where he predominately grew cotton for many years. One of my first jobs outside the family operation was helping a local consultant scout cotton. In 2010, I ventured out on my own to form Peters Crop Consulting. This year, most of my farmers had all their ... Read More »

The Bugs Of Summer

bollworms

They’re Here. Get Your Game On. • By Carroll Smith, Editor • Cotton insects come in all shapes and sizes. But one thing they have in common is a voracious appetite for the cotton plant. As we move into the season, it’s hard to predict exactly which insects will show up and how high the populations will be. However, everyone ... Read More »

The Boll Weevil War

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Farmers And Scientists Save Cotton In The South. • By Dominic Reisig, North Carolina State University • The boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) is not much to look at — just a grayish, little beetle with an impressively long snout. But this particular beetle, and its hunger for cotton, was powerful enough to forge an unprecedented partnership among farmers, legislators and scientists. ... Read More »

Georgia Cotton Farmers Hope To Rebound From 2017

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• By Julie Jernigan, University of Georgia • Researchers project that Georgia’s cotton farmers will plant more than 1.45 million acres this year. This is an increase from 1.28 million acres in 2017, says Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist. Farmers planted cotton in May, and prices have increased due to increased demand and strong U.S. exports. The ... Read More »

Master Bug-Buster On A 40-Year Roll

gus lorenz

I was raised on a farm in Arkansas, but we didn’t grow cotton. When I went to college, somebody said I should take an entomology class. I didn’t know what that was, but I enjoyed it and decided to take another one. That was my sophomore year at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The guy teaching the class came ... Read More »

Bugs Back In The Day: Fiends In The Field

carroll smith

Some memories, along with photographs I have seen from the past, are as horrifying as a clip from the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds.” But instead of birds, I’m talking about bugs. More specifically, relentless cotton insects. A book titled “The Boll Weevil: How To Prosper in Boll Weevil Territory,” authored by G. H. Alford in 1916, contains a ... Read More »

We’re Off And Running

vacuuming varieties out of a planter

Very little cotton was planted in April this season in Arkansas. Most of our April cotton was planted the last two or three days of the month when planting conditions went from poor to very good. They continued to be very good through May. The first 40 days in the life of a cotton plant sets the foundation for yield ... Read More »