With cotton planting just around the corner, some folks are interested in tankmixing a residual herbicide in with their burndown. The typical herbicides used for this purpose would be Sharpen (42 day plant back to cotton), Valor (30 days plant back to cotton) and Leadoff (30 days plant back to cotton) but these are no longer options as the plant back interval is too long. Continue reading
As reported by NASS on April 13, 2015
CORN PRODUCER’S PATIENCE TRIED
For the second week, producers have been severely restricted from planting corn due to wet weather. Presently, planting is running almost 80 percent behind the 5-year average. Wheat and cattle remain in good condition. Burn down occurred whenever possible. The percent of apples in bloom is in line with the 5-year average. There were 2.6 days suitable for field work. Continue reading at Crop Progress 4 13 15.
As reported by NASS on April 6, 2015
WHEAT IN GOOD CONDITION; PRODUCERS ANXIOUS TO PLANT CORN
Wet weather has benefitted wheat, which is developing well ahead of last year’s crop. Fifty-eight percent of the winter wheat crop showed no freeze damage and 33 had light damage. A limited number of corn acres have been planted because of wet fields. Continue reading at Crop Progress 4 5 15.
In my mind, the past winter was similar to last, with some colder than average conditions. Below is a repeat of an article last year discussing how winter weather affects insect populations. I added some comments, scoring my predictions. Continue reading
Ryegrass questions have become much more prevalent this week. I have had no good answers for the calls on how to control ryegrass that escaped the glyphosate burndown in emerged corn. Herbicides like Accent or Steadfast will not control ryegrass. Liberty tankmixed with atrazine on LL corn would burn the ryegrass back some and is the only even fair option that is available. Continue reading
It seems inevitable that cotton acres will drop in 2015, perhaps to a record low. I believe the number one factor causing increased plant bug pressure is reduced cotton acres, concentrating similar numbers of plant bugs in fewer acres. Thus, I suspect tarnished plant bugs will continue to be a major factor in cotton. Plant bugs are an important but manageable problem. Below are a few bullet points to think about in advance of planting. Continue reading
The comments below were posted sometime ago, but with corn planting time upon us, I’ve updated some take home points. Continue reading