The remaining Soybean Scout Schools are listed below. These are 2-2.5 hour, field-side programs about the nuts and bolts of soybean growth and pest management. They are sponsored in part by the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board, and scouting notebooks and sweep nets will be provided to participants while supplies last. Continue reading
With scattered rains in the forecast and plant bugs in our cotton, the question of rainfastness always comes up. This most common question this year has been … should I use Acephate/Orthene to get rapid knock down of plant bugs before the rain hits? The short answer is not necessarily, and let me explain why. Continue reading
Rains and warmer temperatures have promoted rapid growth over the past week. Now that the root zone has expanded and N uptake has increased exponentially, expect very rapid plant growth in areas which have adequate moisture as we move into flowering. For those who have not applied an early shot of a plant growth regulator (PGR), you should consider doing so very soon. Several points should be considered when attempting to regulate growth in 2015. Continue reading
Threecornered alfalfa hoppers (TCAH) are a common insect, especially in late planted soybean. Recent data from Mississippi State University strongly suggests that economic damage is only likely to occur in small soybeans, typically those less than Continue reading
This is a repeat from an article from last year at about this same time. Japanese beetles are beginning to show up in numbers. Fortunately, they seldom cause economic injury to field crops. In soybean, treatment is recommended Continue reading
We finally received word that Transform WG has been approved for emergency use to control sugarcane aphids in sorghum during 2015. Restrictions are identical to last year (see below). Continue reading
We are closing in our early squaring for the earliest planting cotton, so now seems to be a good time to review insecticide management strategies. First I will remind you that treatment thresholds for preflowering plants bug infestations are based primarily on sweep net sampling and square retention. The goal is to Continue reading
The annual UT Cotton Scout School will be held on Friday, May 29th in Room A at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center (605 Airways Blvd, Jackson). Registration will begin at 8:00 AM with the official program starting at 8:30. It will end with a lunch, but those interested can attend a short ‘go to the field’ session after lunch. We hope to increase the hands-on portion of the program this year. Topics will include crop development, insect and weed identification, scouting techniques, and more. No registration fee or preregistration is required.