Alan Seitz, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Wilcox, Arizona:
“We have a lot of cotton up but we're still planting. There has been replanting due to some seed issues. Overall it is going well. We’re probably 80% planted in the southeastern part of the state.
“We have some chinch bugs coming out of dried up pepper weed but haven’t had to spray. There’s a little thrips activity but they’re not bad yet. We’re watching them closely.
“As far as weeds go, everything looks pretty clean right now. We sprayed before we planted and it’s holding up. There are occasional morning glories and some bindweed in isolated fields but nothing bad. We haven’t had any disease flare up so far.”
Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife State Cotton Specialist, College Station:
“We’re seeing warmer temperatures and some drier weather. It’s about time. I think we'll finally see some planting in the Brazos Bottom and into the Blacklands. Hopefully we will get a couple of days of planting done before more rain comes.
“Cotton that was planted early has seen slow growth resulting in added thrips damage. There are also reports of fleahopper pressure in the Upper Gulf Coast.
“Weed pressure is all around. For Roundup resistant weeds, growers are just going to have to plan on sequential applications of Liberty or use the auxin herbicide program. That, along with residuals will be needed to get the control we need.
“We know we will have additional weed flushes as well, but guys should not get in too big of a hurry. Growers running behind need to remember to follow the label on the auxin herbicides and not make bad choices on their applications. We don’t want to get off target movement that can cause more problems. Growers need to remain diligent in their herbicide programs.”
Emi Kimura, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Area Agronomist, Vernon:
“We’re planting peanuts today, but in most areas, it is still too wet to plant cotton. We plan to plant in Collingsworth County tomorrow.
“Fields are finally trying to dry out, but rain is expected late in the week. Most producers will wait until late May and into June. They should be fine. We have a good soil profile, which should help.
“We do need to watch for weeds due to the extra moisture. As long as we can control weeds and disease, I am very hopeful for our cotton.
“Wheat looks gorgeous. We had no freeze damage. Good rain helped fill the grain. For some reason, rust pressure has been low. Stripe and leaf rust didn't harm wheat until mid-April.”
Jose Mendoza, Crop Quest Consulting, Northwestern Texas Panhandle:
“We’re finally drying out a little and a few acres have been planted. We have guys trying to start. One producer is trying to plant this afternoon (5/13). If we don't have any more rain, I assume that by the end of the week, most planters will be 100% rolling.
“With our northern location and shorter growing season, guys are planting early and medium maturity varieties. The early varieties give us the best chance to maximize our yield potential.
“There are a few weed issues on dryland fields. We're getting a heavy influx of kochia and bindweed. We’ll apply a burndown right behind the planter to try and take care of it.
“In walking some wheat fields, thrips populations are moderate. But we won't worry about them until cotton is at 2- to 3-leaf.
“Wheat sure is looking good. There’s a little stripe, but nothing substantial. We’re holding off on spraying. The rain has been a definite blessing for our wheat. We’ll need the yields if prices stay so low.”