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Focus on Cotton

  • Cover Crops in Semi-Arid Cotton Systems: Where Do I Begin? October 29, 2020
    The use of cover crops is constantly making headlines and being featured in agricultural news outlets. But will planting cover crops work in your region, especially if it is a semi-arid environment? Exploring how to begin with cover crops can be overwhelming, as a lot of information is available from very diverse climates. This presentation […]
  • John Deere C690 Calibrations: Round Module Weighing and Moisture Sensor October 6, 2020
    This presentation provides a "how to" on calibrating the round module weighing system and moisture sensor on John Deere CP690 cotton pickers and CS690 Cotton Strippers. By calibrating these systems, cotton farmers can be confident they are receiving the most accurate data to use for yield monitor calibrations and round module moisture tracking.
  • Foliar Fertilization of Cotton: Is It a Waste? August 28, 2020
    This webcast addresses the foliar fertilization of cotton and whether it pays off. The presentation begins with an overview of essential plant nutrients and transitions to foliar feeding of macronutrients, such as potassium. The presentation ends with a discussion of foliar feeding of micronutrients in cotton production.
  • Thoughts About Cover Crops August 24, 2020
    Integrating cover crops into the cotton production system can be a challenge, particularly along the northern edge of the Cotton Belt. Specialists at the University of Tennessee have been evaluating integration approaches for several years. This presentation discusses issues observed when integrating cover crops into the production system and highlights a few practices that have […]
  • Tracking Cotton Growth and Development August 12, 2020
    This presentation discusses the concepts related to monitoring cotton growth and development over the course of the season. It covers topics related to assessing the crop vigor status and fruit load and also using nodes above white flower to measure crop progression during the fruiting cycle. These crop indices are correlated back to heat units […]
  • Cover Crops for Cotton Weed Management August 12, 2020
    To combat troublesome herbicide-resistant weeds, Extension weed specialists emphasize integrated weed management (IWM). This requires the use of physical, cultural, and biological weed management strategies in addition to herbicides. Cover crops can be the foundation of a strong IWM program. This webcast addresses cover crops for cotton weed management, focusing on results from Georgia, North […]
  • Utilizing PGRs in Semi-Arid and Short Season Environments August 3, 2020
    This presentation addresses how plant growth regulators (PGRs) are utilized in cotton in arid, short-season production environments. It provides an overview of how PGRs work and identifies instances in which PGRs are needed in cotton production. Additional topics include how variety selection and management practices influence the potential for excessive growth and the need for […]
  • Preparing for Defoliation July 28, 2020
    This presentation addresses principles and considerations for defoliant and harvest aid use in cotton. Although preparations for harvest are quite diverse across the U.S. Cotton Belt, this presentation outlines the overall purpose and specific functions of these tools, as well as the modes of action of the two primary groups of products: herbicidal and hormonal. […]
  • Importance of Planter Depth and Downforce in Cotton Production June 29, 2020
    Planter performance is a critical component in setting the foundation for a successful crop season. Environmental and soil conditions can have a significant impact on crop germination and emergence and can either help or hinder development of an adequate crop stand early in the season. Specific planter components and settings can be adjusted to match […]
  • Great Plains Cotton Conference March 19, 2020
    Audio-visual webcasts of the Great Plains Cotton Conference held at the Red Roof Inn and Conference Center in Wichita, Kansas on February 25 - 26, 2020, are now available on PMN thanks to the support of Cotton Incorporated.