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2020 recommendations for controlling thrips in cotton

seed treatments

• 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 »

5 things to know about cotton leafroll dwarf virus

CLRDV symptoms

Pathologists with Mississippi State University will be monitoring a relatively new plant disease in state cotton fields once the growing season is in full swing. Cotton leafroll dwarf virus, or CLRDV, was first reported in Alabama in 2017. It is closely related to a cotton virus known to occur in South America. Historically, that virus has caused up to 80% ... Read More »

The Look, The Feel Of Cotton

liz tyson callicott

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” When asked this question in my younger years, my response was never “a farmer.” Not because I didn’t want to be one, but back in the day, not many “girls” chose that vocation. As a member of a fourth-generation farming family who raised cotton, corn, soybeans and wheat near Jackson, ... Read More »

Late season heat, dry weather aided Mississippi cotton

mississippi cotton

Parts of Mississippi’s landscape are turning white, but unlike some northern areas, this coloration is caused by cotton bolls opening for harvest, not snow accumulation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that nearly a quarter of Mississippi’s cotton crop had been harvested by Sept. 29. To date, 45% of the crop is rated in good condition and 39% fair. Cotton ... Read More »

Threecornered Alfalfa Hoppers Damaging Young Cotton

Threecornered alfalfa hopper

• By Angus Catchot • I have had quite a few calls this year about threecornered alfalfa hoppers in cotton. There have been a few treatments on limited acres to date. In the past damage has usually been confined to field borders, but again this year it seems to be more widespread across whole fields in the areas where they ... Read More »