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Cutout and Defoliation. Cotton is moving along with a big push from high temperatures and dry weather.
Herbicides. Pre-plant and residual applications have been key to control. But late-season culprits, especially pigweed seedlings, need to be taken care of quickly. With no Dicamba to lean on, Roundup and Liberty are the products of choice –or no choice.
Hurricane Hanna showed no mercy. Texas counties Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy took the brunt of the storm. Holly Davis, Texas AgriLife, reported damage estimates in the 130,000-plus acres range.
The Lower Rio Grande Valley was ransacked last weekend (7/25) when Hanna’s high winds and pounding rain ripped through the region destroying everything in its wake, including a promising cotton crop.
Thermometers are popping up to 100-plus degrees in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma. And, in case you’re interested, Chuck Wilbur says 114 degrees provides about 30 “bonus” heat units daily.
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With a forecast calling for at least a week of 100-degree days, even irrigation pumps running at high capacity will be stressed.
Cotton maturity ranges from bolls popping around Corpus Christi to new germination in southern Kansas. More rain is needed west of I-35 and northward.
One pigweed plant can produce half-a-million seed, which is just one factor pushing growers to look for better pre-emerge choices as they wait for new chemistries to come along.
Hot, dry winds and lack of moisture made for common ground across the region this week. But that’s not to minimize insect pressure.