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Managing a late cotton crop

In the past 10 days, the TN cotton crop appears to have turned the corner.  Still, most all our acres classify as ‘late’, with the majority of the crop planted after the 15th of May.  That in itself isn’t too troubling, but the failure of late May and early June to provide any decent growing conditions delayed our crop even more.  A long fall would correct most all issues, but I’ve not had much luck slowing time or changing the weather.  Fortunately, we can take a few management strategies in the coming weeks to partially mitigate our painfully slow start to this season.  In this blog, I highlight management decisions in three areas that can help us emphasize earliness- fertility, plant growth and plant bugs. Continue reading

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Zidua Impregnated on Fertilizer Applications in Cotton

There are some who have or soon will apply Zidua (pyroxasulfone) via impregnated fertilizer in cotton. My understanding is that this has been done successfully in Texas in years past.  Along with those applications we have applied some in research as well a few days ago.  One would expect no cotton injury applied via fertilizer to dry foliage. Indeed, that was the case in our trials. Continue reading

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Post-Direct Applied Herbicide Applications in Cotton

Palmer amaranth escapes after sequential POST dicamba + glyphosate applications in 2020

Some of the earlier planted cotton fields will soon be entering the true “laying it by” application timing.  Given that some in 2020 were not successful spraying the same Palmer amaranth or junglerice multiple times with glyphosate + dicamba going back to an “old school” layby is a good plan. Continue reading

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Managing Dicamba or Enlist One Resistant Palmer Amaranth

(Picture 1) 20 DAA: Palmer amaranth escapes from 22 ozs XtendiMax + 16 ozs Clethodim + 32 ozs glyphosate applied on 1 to 4″ weeds

Judging from research tests and walking a few farmers’ fields many of the PRE applied herbicides in soybean and cotton played out about a week or so ago.  Timing is everything on trying to do the best job on Palmer amaranth that has broken through the PREs.  With respect to Palmer amaranth that has low-level dicamba or 2,4-D resistance (2 to 3x), timing is even more important.  Moreover, herbicide selection is also critical in controlling resistant Palmer. Continue reading

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Early season tobacco tips

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Authored by Mitchell Richmond and Zachariah HansenNow that everyone is washing their tobacco setters [transplanters] to be garaged until next year, it is a great time to think about some of the crop management decisions for the upcoming field season.  These decisions may include solutions for pest control in your tobacco crop. Continue reading

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