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    Virginia Cotton: Burndown Time is Closer Than it Appears

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    After 80 degrees on Sunday it made me realize we are closer to the beginning of burndown than I thought.  Some early treatments could have already begun.  There is quite a bit of information in the farm press as weed management is perhaps tied with variety selection as one of the most important agricultural topics for this time of year. 

    In a large way, these two topics are coupled together by technology.  It certainly needs to be said that for the most part, we have had relatively clean cotton fields in this part of cotton country with the older technology.  The newer technology is going to bring more options to the table for decision making but many growers will not need to make dramatic changes to their weed management plans to maintain good weed control.

    As an agronomist, I get excited about less potential crop injury primarily from full Liberty tolerance from the newer varieties.  I think we can manage our use of preemergence options better particularly in cool springs to reduce injury risk as well since the Liberty option gives us a plan B.  The auxin based herbicides are also going to add to our options although many growers are looking at this as an alternative technology rather than a core technology.

    There are a number of training options being offered by Extension on the nuts and bolts of using these new tools I hope everyone will take advantage of these by attending the one that is most convenient even if you are not planning on using them this year.




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