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It’s Crunch Time For Cotton Insects

clouded plant bug adult

• By Scott Stewart • The three to four weeks after first bloom, and typically the last two weeks of July and the first two weeks of August, is a critical window to scout and manage insect pests. This is when we are setting the bolls that will contribute most to yield, and it’s also a time insects are most attracted ... Read More »

Know Your Fungicide Options And When To Use Them

target spot in cotton

• By Heather Marie Kelly • Cotton is blooming in Tennessee, and I’ve gotten some calls asking about fungicides – there are options but none is warranted at this time. As the rain, heat and humidity continue, we may start to see target spot develop, which could justify a fungicide application. Only since 2013, when target spot in cotton was ... Read More »

Managing Early Season Plant Bigs In Cotton

tarnished plant bug

• 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 »

Industry News For February 2019

tyson raper

2019 Cotton Specialist Of The Year Hails From Tennessee During the recent Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dr. Tyson Raper was named the 2019 Cotton Specialist of the Year. Raper is the small grains specialist for the University of Tennessee Agriculture Extension Service. The award, sponsored by BASF, was presented to Raper at the event’s annual award dinner ... Read More »