Southwest Cotton: Nervous About Nicholas Sep 16, 2021
Higher yields are expected over much of our coverage area. From 2-bale dryland to 5-bale irrigated, growers are itching to get pickers and strippers into the field once the crop finishes.
Southwest Cotton: Countdown to Cracked Bolls Sep 9, 2021
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Southwest Cotton: Worms Are Playing Leapfrog Sep 2, 2021
Worms are playing leapfrog in cotton, corn and sorghum fields in the southern Texas Panhandle. IPM agent Blayne Reed has the story, along with word on stink bugs, lygus, aphids and other critters.
Southwest Cotton: Aphids – To Spray or Not to Spray? Aug 26, 2021
Cotton aphids are in many fields – and there’s a dilemma on whether to spray. AgriLife entomologist Megha Parajulee contends that unless there is a major flareup in the next few weeks, beneficial insects should hold down aphids.
Southwest Cotton: Insects Aren’t Giving Up Aug 19, 2021
Bollworm pressure mounts in the southwestern Panhandle and scouting can be tricky, notes IPM Agent John Thobe. Check out his scouting tips below.
Southwest Cotton: Hot Weather Helps Aug 12, 2021
The dog days of summer have arrived in much of west Texas and the southern High Plains as 100-degree temperatures are on tap for parts of this week. There’s hope the crop will catch up on heat units.
Southwest Cotton: Crazy, Crazy Crop Aug 5, 2021
A crazy, crazy crop will cause more sleepless nights than normal, notes OSU’s Todd Baughman. Southern production areas are also ready to put the 2021 crop behind them.
Southwest Cotton: Hurting for Heat Units Jul 29, 2021
Hotter weather is welcome over most of our coverage area. Cotton is a week to three weeks behind after the cool, wet spring and much of the summer. But the mid-to-high-90s should help fields recover, notes AgriLife specialist Murilo Maeda.
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.