Regulating 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.
Much 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.
Mississippi Cotton: Bollworm Management Guidelines Jul 10, 2019
There are only sporadic reports of bollworm eggs beginning to show up in MS cotton. Generally the first big bollworm flight begins around the week of July 4 and peaks […]
With 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.
Angus Catchot, Jeff Gore, and Don Cook discuss current situation with early-mid season insect pests issues in Mississippi row crops. http://extension.msstate.edu/sites/default/files/audio/6.27.19%20Insect%20pest%20update.mp3
Midsouth 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.
Entomologists Angus Catchot, Jeff Gore, and Don Cook join Bobby Golden to discuss early season insect issues in cotton. http://extension.msstate.edu/sites/default/files/audio/6-18-19CottonEarlySeasonInsects.mp3
Irregular 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.
I have had quite a few calls this year about threecornered alfalfa hoppers in cotton. There have been a few treatments on limited acres to date. In the past damage […]
Plant bug numbers are increasing in places and more treatments are being made. No catastrophic situations are being reported but the annual tussle with plant bugs has started. Fleahoppers are more widespread this year in Louisiana. See comments by Sebe Brown.