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Cotton insect update — thrips be rolling

adult tarnished plant bug

• By Scott Stewart • It’s been a challenge getting our crops in the ground, and our planting dates are really stretched out. It is especially important that our late planted cotton gets off to a good start to make up for a little lost time. Unfortunately, the ‘Thrips Infestation Predictor for Cotton’ (https://climate.ncsu.edu/cottonTIP) appears to be dead on in ... Read More »

Tips to minimize cotton injury with first post applications

mixing pesticides

• By Larry Steckel • This week will be the start of the early postemergence applications in cotton. These applications are often critical to not only curtail weed competition but to combat thrips injury as well. The biggest concern with these applications is injury to the young cotton plants. Traditionally, the main pesticides applied are a mixture of glyphosate plus ... Read More »

Useful tool helps predict need for foliar thrips treatments

thrips damage

• 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 »

New thoughts on preemergence options in cotton

goosegrass escapes

• By Larry Steckel • Clearly, after all the struggles in 2019 controlling grass weeds, many are looking to change their weed management program. The most frequent question recently has been on the best preemergent options to more account for barnyardgrass, jungle rice and goosegrass. In an attempt to do a better job on grass, most have decided to move ... Read More »

UT Plans Annual ‘Cotton Focus’ For Feb. 13

university of tennessee logo

Cotton producers and agricultural industry professionals can learn about the latest cotton research at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s annual Cotton Focus, Thursday, Feb. 13. The event will be held at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 605 Airways Blvd., Jackson, Tennessee. Registration begins at 8 a.m. CST. There is no cost to attend. University of Tennessee ... Read More »