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Insect Control

Be Diligent On All Fronts

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The hummingbirds that appeared in our backyard in March developed goose down to survive April and early May. Cotton seed planted in early May in North Alabama needed jackets and waders, while further south, they desperately thirsted for water. Spring finally turned the corner to warmer temperatures on May 12. In Central and South Alabama, soil moisture became extremely limited ... Read More »

EPA registers FMC insecticide premix

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently registered Elevest insecticide from FMC Corp. for use on several crops, including cotton, soybeans, sweet corn, peanut and potatoes. The product is a premix of the full rate of Rynaxypyr — the brand name for chlorantraniliprole — and a full rate of the pyrethroid, bifenthrin. Together, they offer growers fast knockdown as well as ... Read More »

Useful tool helps predict need for foliar thrips treatments

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• By Scott Stewart • The Thrips Infestation Predictor for Cotton can be found at https://climate.ncsu.edu/cottonTIP. This is a useful tool for predicting whether a foliar insecticide application is needed for thrips control in cotton. It uses local weather data in association with a user-defined planting date to estimate the size of the local thrips population, the susceptibility of seedling ... Read More »

Protect The Crop From Thrips

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• By Amanda Huber, Southeast Editor • Thrips are the most consistent pest in cotton each year. So, it was a surprise to University of Georgia Extension Entomologist Phillip Roberts when he found out some farmers looking for ways to cut input costs were not protecting the crop from thrips. “We see such a reliable yield response to using something ... Read More »

Western Cotton Specialists Weigh In On Planting

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With planting underway and small seedlings emerging across the state, it is important to remember there are many things that can occur in the field affecting the survivability of those seedlings. Among those is seedling disease. Disease pressure can have a negative impact on seedling emergence and survivability, reducing stand and sometimes resulting in replanting. The two main seedling diseases ... Read More »

2020 recommendations for controlling thrips in cotton

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• By Whitney Crow, Angus Catchot, Jeff Gore and Don Cook • Not much has changed since last year in regards to thrips control via insecticide seed treatment. Thrips are considered the No. 1 pest of seedling cotton. Tobacco thrips are the species encountered more than 90% of the time in Mississippi. The probability of having a thrips infestation in ... Read More »

Execute To-Do List for the 2020 Season

Recently, I’ve been in meetings in which my colleague Eddie McGriff has preached to corn growers about high-end production. Among his points are planter maintenance and precision planting. My take (with a touch of humor) is that the yield heroes in corn will prescribe an exact seeding rate (example – 33,128 seeds per acre) and demand that every seed emerge ... Read More »