“Most of the acreage is at cotyledon to one true leaf, with some fields up to three true leaves. Those older-planted fields seem to be doing okay. With cotton in the 50-cent range, I hope they stay that way. We can’t afford to intensively manage this cotton crop.
“As long as it continues to warm up and we catch timely showers, we should be in good shape.”
Jack Royal, Royal’s Agricultural Consulting Co., Inc., Leary, Georgia
“Our corn looks super, and we’ve finished the second sidedressing on part of it. Showers came through on Sunday night and Monday, so that helps out a good deal. Corn will probably start tasseling in another 7 to 10 days, which is when we’ll begin closely scouting for stink bugs. With an in-furrow insecticide under most of our corn, a stink bug application will probably be our first treatment.
“My growers also made an in-furrow insecticide application on most of their cotton. So far, none of them have had to replant any cotton. With that in-furrow application, we also haven’t needed a thrips spray yet. The oldest cotton is at the second true leaf stage, but most of our crop is just emerging.
“My growers are about 70% planted, and we likely will be finished with cotton late this week – depending on whether it rains. It won’t hurt my feelings if we have to slow down because a little more rain will fall.
“My growers haven’t had any problems with gaining a peanut stand. Although we do have some poor peanut seed out there, my growers took the time to check the germination. Also, a number of them started saving peanut seed three to five years ago when we began noticing a drop in seed quality. As a result, we don’t have any issues right now. We may run into something later, but it hasn’t popped up so far.”
Richard Davis, Davis Ag Consulting, Montgomery, Alabama
“We’re close to finishing cotton planting, but things are dry right now. Rain fell on Monday, but it was scattered. We have one other chance for rain this week. We’re mostly dryland, so we need it.
“We sprayed about 1,000 acres for thrips. We are spraying not so much because of the numbers but because the cotton is growing slowly and it’s dry. So, we treated to take the pressure off these young plants.
“On one farm, we are having trouble with grasshoppers. The numbers are light, but they are cutting off the cotton. The populations aren’t as high as in some other areas, but the damage is heavy.”
Kevin Cotton, High Cotton Consultants, Leesburg, Georgia
“Our irrigated cotton stands are good where we planted in the last 10 to 14 days. We finally received rainfall early this week, which was much needed on dryland acres. With more rain in the forecast, we should have adequate stands.
“Thrips have been extremely heavy on young cotton with no in-furrow insecticide, and we applied acephate on those fields right after emergence.
“We are encountering some quality issues with peanut seed. We calculated as much as a 70% seed loss in fields planted at the end of April and the first of May when we had cold conditions and where we irrigated. The dry corners in those fields fared much better. At the most, they lost 10% to 20% of the stand. Peanuts planted in the last 7 to 10 days appear to be doing a good deal better.
“The majority of our peanut acres are at cracking to early growth stage, with 3% to 4% blooming. Less than 20% of our peanut acreage remains to be planted.
“Our Group IV and early Group V soybeans are growing off good, with the majority around the 30-day mark.
“We’ve picked up a little northern corn leaf blight, but nothing alarming. In corn fields with a tight rotation or in continuous corn, like with dairies, we applied fungicides at V-8.
“We are picking up scattered stink bugs on ear shoots in corn, mainly browns, and mostly in the borders. When we come into a field with a post-tassel fungicide application, we will add a stink bug material. In fields where growers opt out of a fungicide application due to little or no disease pressure, we will run border sprays for stinkbugs, unless we pick up migration farther into the field.”
John Burleson, Consultant, Swan Quarter, North Carolina
“Corn is 95% planted, soybean acres are about a third planted and cotton is maybe 20% planted.
“In corn, we have a range of growth stages as a result of our unusually cool spring. Our biggest corn is probably at V5. We received some frost injury on corn last week. At least two growers in our county are having issues with slugs, and I have heard about some replants because of slug damage.