Alabama: 3 Upcoming Cotton, Soybean Scouting Schools

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Producers will have an opportunity to brush up on insect scouting techniques at the annual cotton and soybean “scouting school” workshops. The Alabama Cooperative Extension crops team is hosting the scouting school series in three locations throughout the state.

Scouting School

Producers have attended scouting school since the arrival of the boll weevil. The first cotton scout scoured the fields of West Alabama in 1959, and the cotton scouting school took off shortly after that.

Today, producers still meet to discuss crop pests, scouting techniques and control options.

Regional extension agent, Rudy Yates, said the scouting school is an excellent opportunity for producers to refresh their memory.

“We encourage producers to attend scouting school because the pest pressures may be similar year after year, but there are differences,” Yates said. “Therefore, we work to have all of the information farmers need to head into the growing season with confidence in their ability to spot issues and make treatment applications.”

Scouting School Dates and Times

Extension personnel will host three workshops. Workshops do not require pre-registration.

AgFax Weed Solutions

Wiregrass Research and Extension Center
May 31  at 8:30 a.m.
167 State Highway 134 E
Headland, Alabama 36345
Contact: Jimmy Jones
334-585-6416 or 

*Lunch will be provided following the workshop.

Autauga County Extension Office
June 5 at 8:30 a.m.
2226 AL-14 West
Autaugaville, Alabama 36003
Contact: Rudy Yates
334-422-1135 or

*Lunch will be provided following the workshop.

Tennessee Valley Research and Extension Center
June 12 at 8:30 a.m.
9494 Experimental Loop
Madison, Alabama 35756
Contact: Tim Reed
256-353-8702 or

*Lunch will be provided following the workshop.

Topics of Discussion

Topics of discussion for the 2018 scouting school include:

  • Thoughts and tips on scouting two-gene cotton for escape bollworms. When should producers expect the peaks of bollworm numbers?
  • Status and outlook for the silverleaf whitefly in southeast Alabama.
  • What is the outlook for plant bugs with later planted cotton?
  • What effects did the cold weather in January have on stink bug numbers?
  • Is the brown marmorated stink bug spreading in Alabama?
  • Could the “Old World Bollworm” become a pest in Alabama?
  • How can growers, scouts and field men keep up with changing insect conditions as we move through the 2018 season?

Other topics in addition to those listed will also be covered.

More Information

For more information, contact the Jimmy Jones, Rudy Yates or Tim Reed. For more information, you may also contact the local Extension office or agent.

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