Midsouth Cotton: Cotton Defoliation Heats Up Sep 24, 2021
Cotton defoliation is underway on most farms, and the number of defoliated acres will continue to grow over the next two weeks. Although the crop is still late compared with previous years, it is still a predominantly heavy top crop.
The weather is cooperating with some areas more than others. East Louisiana and Arkansas are experiencing perfect harvest weather, but it’s been raining in south Mississippi for four days with another week of rain in the forecast.
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Most of the cotton is past the point of scouting for insects, a welcomed time by growers and consultants. Most expect a large harvest in October.
Midsouth Cotton: Cotton Hasn’t Been Let Loose But Harvest Is In Full Swing for Other Crops Aug 27, 2021
Last pest applications are going out on cotton before it’s turned loose. The end is definitely a welcomed sight this year.
A lot of cotton acres are just about to the point of letting go for the season, but late season pests are presenting growers with difficult management decisions. Pests vary across the Midsouth, but many areas are still fighting spotty plant bugs and a second wave of bollworms.
Plant bugs are still around, but many see the large stink bug populations coming to an end in a couple weeks. Stink bugs are at typical levels, but don’t let them sneak in with lapses in sprays for plant bugs.
Cotton gathered substantial heat units last week, but the crop is still a couple weeks late, on average, across the Midsouth. Fingers are crossed for a warm fall with little to no rain to finish out the cotton crop. A little early planted cotton in Mississippi is at cutout, so the countdown begins.
Stink bug and bollworm populations are increasing, but this is just the beginning for some areas. Although spotty in Louisiana and Arkansas, some growers in these areas are still fighting an uphill battle with plant bugs.
More rainfall across the board makes for an abnormal July following suit for the first half of 2021. No one is complaining, but concerns are growing about the ability to make timely Pix applications.