Lowndes – Echols Ag News

Cotton Defoliation

Before we know it, it will be time to defoliate cotton. I attended a defoliation meeting Wednesday where Jared Whitaker, UGA cotton agronomist, spoke about different methods and chemicals used for defoliation. Some methods to determine when to defoliate include looking to see if 60 to 70% of bolls are open(we tend to wait for higher percentage to defoliate), sharp knife method and nodes above cracked boll. Attached are handouts that were given out at the meeting. If you have any questions, feel free to call the office. Also don’t forget we are scraping peanuts for maturity if you would like to take advantage of that service we provide.

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Scouting Update

Cotton:

Stink bugs are the main pest to be scouting for right now. Also be looking out for spider mites and whiteflies. These insects are important when deciding on an insecticide to spray. A good phone app to help with insecticide choice is the GA Cotton Insect Advisor App. Bacterial blight has been reported in some counties.

Peanuts: 

The main diseases to be looking out for are white mold and peanut rust.

Soybeans:

Below is a guide to soybean scouting that has ways to identify caterpillars in soybeans and also thresholds for foliage and pod feeders.

Please feel free to call the office with any questions.

soybean scouting guide