The heaviest bollworm egg lay in several years has progressed through a significant portion of the region.
Persistent rain in parts of the Midsouth is complicating application timing and raising concerns about wash-offs.
A dry spell is in the forecast for up to 10 days. Among other things, that probably will trigger more pest pressure. The loss of dicamba registrations further complicates the season.
After weeks of frequent fronts and thunderstorms -- plus cold weather -- farmers are moving into warmer weather and maybe a drier pattern. They need it to finish planting in May.
Cotton – Midsouth – Pest Pressure Mounts – AgFax Aug 8, 2019
Pest pressure is mounting. Plant bug numbers continue to build in many areas, prompting treatment. In parts of the Midsouth, bollworm moths are moving north and laying eggs. Where worms have nestled deep in the canopy, treatment results have been problematic at times.
More fields are at cutout or approaching it. Those fall into that general category of “cotton planted on time,” which is a smaller-than-average part of the crop this year through much of our coverage area. Open weather has mostly been the case since our last report, but rains continue in parts of Louisiana where Hurricane Barry dumped substantial amounts a couple of weeks ago.
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.
Rain began falling across parts of the Midsouth on Wednesday and more is expected. It’s generally needed after a long stretch of hot, dry weather. However, more rain now will compound the misery where rivers are out of their banks or backwater flooding pushed into fields.
More defoliation has started, with applications underway at least into northeast Arkansas. So far, no reports of cotton actually being picked. In parts of the region, growers are focusing on wrapping […]
The crop is running ahead of schedule in many areas and insect control is wrapping up as more cotton moves past cutout.