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Managing Early Season Plant Bigs In Cotton

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• By Scott Stewart • Good early-season management of tarnished plant bugs relies on a sweep net, monitoring square retention, and making timely insecticide applications as needed. During the first two weeks of squaring, the recommended treatment threshold is an average of eight or more plant bugs per 100 sweeps. After that, treatment is recommended anytime of infestations average 15 ... Read More »

Influx Of Insect Pests Complicates Mid-South Growing Season

thrips species

As if Mid-South producers don’t have enough on their minds with rutted fields, flooding and late planting, now an influx of insect pests has made their lives even more difficult. And it’s not limited to just one crop, either. Cotton “This has been one of the lightest thrips we’ve experienced in a long time,” says Gus Lorenz, extension entomologist for ... Read More »

Insecticide Tips To Combat Plant Bugs

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• By Dominic Reisig • With more cotton starting to square, ALL cotton in North Carolina should be scouted so we maintain acceptable square load to bring us into blooming (see this previous article for how to scout and use thresholds for plant bugs prebloom). Dr. Sally Taylor, Virginia Tech, has been performing bioassays with tarnished plant bugs from Virginia ... Read More »

Dry Spring Causes Cotton Management Challenges

alabama cotton planting

Rain in the forecast is a welcome change from the lingering dry conditions Alabama producers have battled this spring. Producers generally plant cotton between April 20 and the first week of June. Although early spring weather was conducive for planting, the end of May was hot and dry, creating significant challenges for stand establishment. Alabama Extension cotton specialist Dr. Steve ... Read More »

Set Early Season Priorities

plant bugs

Among the specialists, I’m the new kid on the block, though I’ve been around the block several times and am no longer a kid. This is my 42nd crop, and I’m still learning… Alabama growers planted considerably more acres than normal in late April and early May. The aim is a half million acres and a million bales of cotton. ... Read More »

Industry News For June 2019

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The Cotton Board Hires Mississippi Native The Cotton Board has hired David Miller as its new Mid-South Regional Communication Manager. Miller’s territory includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee. The Cotton Board’s RCMs work to ensure that stakeholders of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program in their respective territories are informed of the activities stemming from the program as conducted ... Read More »