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Cotton – Midsouth – First Defoliation Gearing Up – AgFax Aug 21, 2019

🕔Aug 21, 2019More bolls are opening, and a limited amount of defoliation might crank up this week in Louisiana (if it hasn’t already).

Cotton – Midsouth – A Few Bolls Open, Pests Remain Erratic Aug 15, 2019

🕔Aug 15, 2019Midsouth cotton continues to rebound after an unusually shaky start. A few more bolls are opening. Pest-wise, bollworms are a top concern. Three-gene cotton is holding up well despite massive moth flights in places. High plant bug populations also continue through much of the region.

Cotton – Midsouth – Pest Pressure Mounts – AgFax Aug 8, 2019

🕔Aug 8, 2019Pest pressure is mounting. Plant bug numbers continue to build in many areas, prompting treatment. In parts of the Midsouth, bollworm moths are moving north and laying eggs. Where worms have nestled deep in the canopy, treatment results have been problematic at times.

Cotton – Midsouth – A Disjointed Crop Moves Into August – AgFax Jul 31, 2019

🕔Jul 31, 2019More fields are at cutout or approaching it. Those fall into that general category of “cotton planted on time,” which is a smaller-than-average part of the crop this year through much of our coverage area. Open weather has mostly been the case since our last report, but rains continue in parts of Louisiana where Hurricane Barry dumped substantial amounts a couple of weeks ago.

Cotton – Midsouth – More Twisted Plant Growth, Insects Build – AgFax Jul 25, 2019

🕔Jul 25, 2019Oddly growing plants continue to be reported. Symptoms include aborted terminals, tangled branches and lost fruit set. The late-planted Midsouth cotton crop is finding its feet. Much of our coverage area received ample rainfall from the short-lived hurricane, Barry. Most amounts were manageable and generally needed.

Cotton – Midsouth – Insect Mix Plus “Funny” Plant Growth – AgFax Jul 18, 2019

🕔Jul 18, 2019Regulating growth – that’s a big focus across the region this week. Rains have kept sprayers out of the field when treatments are needed the most. Plants also are shedding squares after this prolonged stretch of rain and cloudy weather.

Cotton – Midsouth – Coping In An Out-Of-Sync Season – AgFax Jul 11, 2019

🕔Jul 11, 2019Much of the Midsouth cotton crop has hit bloom and the mood among people in the field has noticeably perked up in the past several weeks. Still, the season is largely out of sync. Normally by now, bollworms are turning up in cotton in the southern portion of our coverage area, but the expected flight hasn’t kicked into gear.

Cotton – Midsouth – More Blooms, Pests And Growth – Welcome To July – AgFax Jul 3, 2019

🕔Jul 3, 2019With a stretch of mostly sunny and rain-free days, growers have largely caught up on field work and plants have visibly responded to better growing conditions and a bit of TLC.

Cotton – Midsouth – Insects Prompting More Decisions – AgFax Jun 27, 2019

🕔Jun 27, 2019Midsouth crops are generally not suffering from a lack of moisture as we head towards July. Frequent rains across much of the region have minimized irrigation costs on a wide basis. Plant bugs are becoming more apparent and the treatment pace has picked up in older cotton.

Cotton – Midsouth – Irregular Stands Mean Complications Ahead – AgFax Jun 19, 2019

🕔Jun 19, 2019Irregular cotton stands will be a headache for many growers and crop advisors until that last defoliation spray goes out. It’s not that every stand is out of whack, but more fields than usual have wide and odd combinations of small and large cotton plants.

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