Southwest Cotton: Bollworms Below Normal Jul 22, 2021
Bug pressure has decreased in much of the Southwest. But beware of bollworm, stink bug, Lygus, spider mite and fleahopper flare-ups as the crop approaches or hits bloom and nears cutout.
Pigweed is winning in parts of our coverage area after widespread rain has hindered herbicide application programs. Weed specialist Peter Dotray reviews how timely residual herbicide treatments can hopefully tame pesky plants.
Southwest Cotton: Cutout Has Commenced Jul 8, 2021
Cutout has commenced in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and western Arizona. Most other regions are ready for sunshine and high heat units to catch up. Continued rainfall in West Texas has a dandy dryland crop in the works.
Cotton’s at a standstill in parts of the Panhandle, no thanks to continued rain and highs only in the 70s, notes AgriLife’s Jourdan Bell. Unseasonal cool, wet conditions are lingering throughout northwest Texas and into Oklahoma.
Fleahoppers are hungry for cotton in parts of the Panhandle and South Plains as weedy ditches and corners dry down. A few fields still need thrips treatments as the latest plants push forward.
Plants are perking up after continued hot, dry weather has awakened rain-stunted fields from the Upper Gulf Coast to West Texas and up through the Panhandle. Oklahoma and Kansas are also banking on bright skies and higher temps to help crops catch up.
N deficiencies are apparent in the Upper Gulf Coast, where deluge after deluge has kept many fields flooded. The southern Blacklands are also seeing excessive rain, as is the Coastal Bend. But cotton is resilient and can often handle more water pressure than other crops, notes Ben McKnight, College Station-based AgriLife cotton specialist.
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Cutout and Defoliation. Cotton is moving along with a big push from high temperatures and dry weather.