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NC trials pilot seed quality testing program this season

cotton seed in planter

• By Guy Collins • By now, most folks are aware of the seed quality issues that occurred during 2019, when a few lot numbers of a couple of varieties were planted in relatively good planting conditions, and poor stands resulted. This issue was magnified by dry weather later in the planting window and the use of some residual herbicides ... Read More »

Piedmont Cotton

aaron burleson

North Carolina Farmer Says The Crop Fits Well At ‘The Foot Of The Mountains’ • By Carroll Smith, Editor • In North Carolina, the Piedmont falls between the Atlantic coastal plain and the Appalachian Mountains. Aaron Burleson and his cousin, Andrew Burleson, farm about 2,500 acres of cotton, along with corn, soybeans and wheat, in the region. They also run ... Read More »

Detection of cotton leafroll dwarf virus in North Carolina

cotton blue disese

• By Anders Huseth • In late August 2019, cotton leafroll dwarf virus awas confirmed in a cotton sample submitted to Auburn University’s CLRDV working group. The sample was collected from a variety trial located at the Sandhills Research Station in Montgomery County, North Carolina. This is the first detection of this insect-transmitted plant virus in NC. Earlier in the ... Read More »

Management Considerations For The Rest Of 2019

Gaylon Morgan/Texas A&M University Agriculture & Life Sciences

• By Guy Collins and Keith Edmisten • Statewide, the 2019 crop continues to be the most variable crop that we’ve seen in quite some time, primarily due to planting date, timing and duration of drought/heat stress, and spotty rains. In some areas, the crop varies widely within a small area, while other areas are somewhat more uniform. This variability ... Read More »

Cotton Cercospora Leaf Spot Observed Across North Carolina

cercospora leaf spot

• By Lindsey Thiessen • Cercospora leaf spot of cotton (Fig. 1), caused Cercospora gossypina (syn. Mycosphaerella gossypina), has been observed across North Carolina cotton growing regions. Foliar symptoms include reddish lesions that enlarge to have white to light brown centers. These symptoms may also be similar to other foliar diseases, like Stemphylium leaf spot or Alternaria leaf spot. Symptoms ... Read More »

Hooked On Cotton

keith edmisten

I grew up in Harmony, North Carolina, a small town in the Piedmont. Our farm primarily had beef cattle, beans, corn and small grain all grown on the typical red clay soils of the Piedmont. My father and grandfather farmed together. We had a 5-acre cotton allotment, but we quit growing cotton when I was young. Small cotton and tobacco ... Read More »

Should You Spray 3-Gene Bt Cotton For Bollworm Resistance Management?

bollworm trials in cotton

• By Dominic Reisig • The short answer is no way! The following are data and logic to support this position. First, we have replicated trials in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia over multiple years stacking up non-Bt, Bollgard II, TwinLink, TwinLink Plus, WideStrike and WideStrike 3 cotton sprayed and unsprayed for bollworms. In one test, our bollworm pressure ... Read More »