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Late Planted Cotton and Plant Growth Regulators (PGR’s)

We have a lot of cotton out there that was planted late because of replanting poor stands. So we often get the question about how to manage these acres with PGR’s. With late planted cotton the length of time the cotton blooms is the main thing that changes. The later you plant the shorter the window. So anything that is planted late needs to be pushed to retain all the bolls that it tries to set. This principal applies to PGR applications as well as insect management. Keep in mind that dry land acres in dry years like we are experiencing may not need a PGR.
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Cotton Defoliation Considerations for 2018 (Freeman and Whitaker)

Most of our early planted cotton is quickly approaching (and has approached in some areas) time for defoliation. Cotton defoliation tends to be one of the most important aspects of cotton production each year. Timing and product selection are two of the more critical components regarding defoliation and confusion occurs not only by the thousands of tank mix concoctions but also the differences in personalities of growers with some wanting to pull the trigger too early and some wanting to wait on the very last boll to crack.
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Cotton Planting – Optimal Conditions

Many growers are planting peanuts and some have started planted cotton. The weather has heated up and we have gotten very dry. With these conditions it is important to keep in mind the physiology of cotton.
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Update on Whitefly Control in Cotton

Over the last 3 weeks I have looked at fields in various stages of Silverleaf Whitefly infestation. I have met on-farm with many of you and hope that you have received the message that your cotton fields need to be monitored for whiteflies and that your pest control measures should be well thought out.

In a previous post I reviewed the steps to take when scouting for silverleaf whitefly. I would like to take a few minutes to review insecticide options and their activity; in doing so I will also touch on some insecticides for stink bugs as well.

 
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