Authors: Tyson Raper, Avat Shekoofa, and John Snider.
Over the past few weeks, reports of thumbnail-sized boll abortion have emerged in some areas of West Tennessee. While square and small boll abortion is very common every year, recent reports have indicated many of these aborting bolls are not shedding; instead, the small, dead bolls are remaining on the plants. This phenomenon is often referred to as ‘boll freeze’, ‘boll dangle’, or most commonly, ‘cavitation’.
Figure 1: Severe drought stress in this plant resulted in the cavitation of small reproductive structures. Continue reading