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Defoliation Considerations for the Week of November 1st.

By Dr. Camp Hand First, this week it’s gonna be cool. Once we get past Wednesday, highs hardly come out of the 60s and lows are going to be in the 30s to 40s. As we all know, cotton growth and development is based on DD60s, with growth occurring mainly…
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Managing Target Spot and Areolate Mildew in Cotton Kemerait

Managing Target Spot and Areolate Mildew in Cotton KemeraitTarget spot (Corynespora cassiicola) and areolate mildew (Ramulariopsis gossyppii) are the two most important diseases affecting cotton in Georgia later in the growing season. For both target spot and areolate mildew, judicious use of fungicides not only protects the crop, but can…
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Row Crop Disease Update

Young cotton seedlings wilting and dying soon after emergence with a tell-tale lesion girdling the stem just below the soil line are classic for Rhizoctonia soreshin.  While there may be other causes for seedling death, the lesion just below the soil line and, sometimes, barely visible fungal “threads” in association…
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Row Crop Disease Update – Kemerait

Greetings! Get any rain?  Growers this morning are probably more concerned with putting their fields back together than with disease, wondering if they need to put out more fertilizer. But diseases and nematodes are certainly an issue NOW.  Examples:  conditions are PERFECT with wet soils for seed rots and seedling…
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Row Crop Disease Update- Kemerait

Planting of cotton and peanuts will begin to ramp-up in the coming weeks.  Important that growers pay careful attention to soil conditions, especially soil temps.  Soil moisture is very important, especially for non-irrigated fields, but so is soil temperatures.  At least that’s what our Corn, Cotton, and Peanut team leaders…
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Row Crop Disease Update – Dr. Kemerait

Just a few notes this morning: Rain expected today and Saturday across much of southern Georgia will bring cool, wet soils that are perfect for seedling diseases in cotton and peanut.  So, in my opinion, best to wait.  I think Dr. Monfort and Dr. Hand would agree that planting either…
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Thrips Management – Roberts

Thrips Management (Phillip Roberts): Thrips are consistent pests of cotton, infesting nearly all cottonacres planted in Georgia each year. Thrips are the only insect pest of cotton that a preventive insecticide isrecommended. We consistently observe a positive yield response to at-plant insecticides used for thripscontrol. A reactive approach based on…
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