Herbicide resistant weeds were on the minds of several of our crop advisors in Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas this week. Some fields have kochia that’s so hardy the hooded sprayers and cultivators may be pulled out of retirement. There’s “hoe” talk about 2-feet tall careless weed with a head full of seed that seems to be thriving on spray treatments rather than turning brown and going down as expected. Waiting for regulatory approval of new technology is wearing down bank accounts and increasing stress levels in cotton country.
Stink bugs are hitting the “spend money now” threshold button around El Campo. See comments from Clyde Crumley.
The first cotton bale of the U.S. season came into a Harlingen, Texas, gin last week (6/17). The Brownsville Herald reported that cotton farmer Tommy Hanka showed up at the Ross Gin Co. with 1,880 pounds of cotton. Despite rain delays, his crop – planted February 4 – was ready, but Hanka said, “it was a challenge to get in the field.” The cotton was hand-picked in Edinburg over 2 days with 15 workers.
Reminder! USDA’s one-time Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program sign-up deadline is August 5, 2016. Qualified Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas growers will receive $36.97/acre, based on costs of ginning. New Mexico and Arizona growers will receive $97.41/acre.