Focus on Cotton

  • Thrips Infestation Predictor for Cotton: An Online Tool for Informed Thrips Management April 2, 2017
    The tobacco thrips (Frankliniella fusca) is the primary early season insect pest of cotton in the eastern United States. It attacks seedlings damaging young foliage, slowing seedling growth and reducing root growth; rendering the plants more vulnerable to abiotic stresses later in the season. Because the amount of thrips damage to cotton is highly variable […]
  • Resistant Weeds: What You Should Know and Why You Should Care January 31, 2017
    This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners in the cotton growing regions of the United States. The discussion will include basic information on weed resistance. This will include what it is, where it is located, and how it develops. The presentation will also discuss information on ways to manage pigweed in cotton.
  • Management of Tarnished Plant Bugs in Cotton January 3, 2017
    This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners in the Mid-Southern U.S. manage tarnished plant bug, the most important insect pest of cotton in this region. A brief description of how the biology and ecology of tarnished plant bug impacts its pest status in cotton is discussed. Cultural and insecticidal control strategies are discussed. […]
  • Glyphosate-Resistant Johnsongrass Management November 29, 2016
    This presentation will help consultants, county agents, growers, and other practitioners in the Southern U.S. cotton-producing states in the development of glyphosate-resistant johnsongrass management plans. Specifically in this presentation, individuals will learn that postemergence applications of Liberty are effective for control of glyphosate-resistant johnsongrass, but if applied alone, multiple applications are needed for full-season management. […]
  • What Does it Cost to Choose the Wrong Cotton Variety? November 29, 2016
    This presentation will help growers as well as county agents, consultants, and industry personnel from all cotton producing states gain a better understanding of the potential economic impact of poor cotton variety selection. Specifically in this presentation, practitioners will learn the real impact of making poor variety decisions and what to expect when doing so. […]
  • Target Spot of Cotton - Six Years After First Report October 31, 2016
    From 1961 to 2010, target spot was barely a blip on cotton farmer's radars. But since 2010, it has had a growing presence in the Southeast U.S. and has been advancing toward other cotton production areas in the United States. But with some key management practices, growers who are affected with this disease have the […]
  • Changing Bt Technologies and Bollworm Management in Bt Cotton October 4, 2016
    The cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa zea, is a traditional pest of cotton in the United States. Before 1996, most control tactics focused on insecticidal control. In 1996, transgenic cotton (Bt cotton) expressing an insecticidal protein was introduced that eliminated much of the need for foliar insecticides targeting this pest. However, in recent years in some areas […]
  • Impact of Leaf Pubescence on Fiber Quality October 4, 2016
    This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners throughout the Cotton Belt to identify factors contributing to higher cotton leaf grade values. Cotton fiber quality has become much important over the past 10-15 years with over 85% of the U.S. cotton being exported. Contamination of the cotton lint by leaf and bract material, quantified […]
  • Zero Tolerance: Designed for Seedbank Reduction September 16, 2016
    This presentation defines a University of Arkansas program titled Zero Tolerance. The Zero Tolerance concept focuses on reducing the production of Palmer amaranth (pigweed) weed seed that will replenish the soil seedbank. Palmer amaranth has one specific weakness and it is seed longevity, so if we can significantly reduce the number of seed produced each […]
  • Utilizing Tissue and Petiole Sampling in Cotton Production August 29, 2016
    Nutrient management in cotton is critical to maximizing lint yields and quality as well as it represents a large portion of the total expense in cotton production. Petiole and tissue testing allows producers and crop consultants to make inferences about the overall nutrient management program in-season and also allows for the identification and correction of […]