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Dry Spring Causes Cotton Management Challenges

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Rain in the forecast is a welcome change from the lingering dry conditions Alabama producers have battled this spring. Producers generally plant cotton between April 20 and the first week of June. Although early spring weather was conducive for planting, the end of May was hot and dry, creating significant challenges for stand establishment. Alabama Extension cotton specialist Dr. Steve ... Read More »

Dry Condition Can Affect Herbicide Efficacy, Crop Injury

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• By Stanley Culpepper • Dry conditions across the region are influencing both weed control and cotton injury. Weed Control: Most weeds, especially Palmer amaranth, become more tolerant to topically applied herbicides under dry conditions. A thicker wax layer on the leaf (stem) surface, dust on the leaf surface, and leaf closure or stem rolling can reduce herbicide uptake and ... Read More »

Set Early Season Priorities

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Among the specialists, I’m the new kid on the block, though I’ve been around the block several times and am no longer a kid. This is my 42nd crop, and I’m still learning… Alabama growers planted considerably more acres than normal in late April and early May. The aim is a half million acres and a million bales of cotton. ... Read More »

Texas Ag Department Issues Section 24(c)s For 2 Dicamba Products

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The Texas Department of Agriculture has issued Section 24(c) Special Local Need labels for two dicamba herbicides to allow application up to 90 days after cotton planting. The products are Engenia Herbicide from BASF and XtendiMax herbicide with VaporGrip Technology from Bayer. The Section 24(c) is a change from the federal label, which prohibits application more than 60 days after ... Read More »

It’s Past April 15, Which Dicamba Formulation Can I Spray?

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• By Tom Barber • I have fielded several questions over the past week about dicamba regulations and what the rules “mean” and what can be sprayed etc. Most questions revolve around what is “legal to spray” after April 15 for pre-plant burndown, emerged corn, and Xtend soybean or cotton. I will admit the way the rules are written it ... Read More »