Wilcox County Ag

Slowing Down Cotton After Bloom

We’ve had good conversation this past week about plant growth regulators after bloom. It’s difficult to slow the plant down after bloom if we really start stretching. And our aggressive varieties, we’re on our third PGR. But I looked at some less aggressive varieties like 5007 that have yet to…
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Areolate Mildew

The disease causing us the most concern in Wilcox County now is areolate mildew. It’s been discussed the past few years, and UGA is not sure exactly what yield loss will be. This and last week we are not only seeing it in some fields, but seeing it move up…
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Fight for Retention

We got another 3 weeks to produce a cotton crop, and the crop does look good right now. Some fields are cutout, but most fields are a few nodes below cutout. (We consider cut out at 3 nodes above white flower and the terminal not growing.) Growers are pleased with…
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Congratulations Wilcox County Farmers

This year many of our farmers were recognized for different awards, both state and national. We have so much diversity in agriculture in Wilcox County and many, many great farmers and operations. I wanted to put together a post sharing their work and our appreciation for our wonderful farmers who represent…
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PGR Rainfast

Cotton is moving along as many of us county agents were at the National Association of County Agents meeting last week in Chattanooga. It was raining up there about as much as it was here. This can cause an issue with our PGR applications as the mepiquat chloride products have…
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Row Crop Disease Update

Here is our corn in the field. It is silking now and may have less issues than any other crop right now. Sunshine is helping with pollination. Silks come out of the husks over 3 to 5 days. These individual silks continue to grow for about 7 days or until…
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Replacing Fertilizer in Cotton

The most common question after these large rain events is have I lost all of my cotton fertilizer, and will I have to start over? UGA Extension Soil Scientist Dr. Glen Harris has provided some information on this topic: May planted cotton could have lost some pre-plant Nitrogen and Sulfur. What should…
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Late Planted Cotton Management

We still have water standing in our fields across the county, even Thursday as it has been mostly sunny. I took this picture as it was starting to rain again in Pitts on Wednesday. UGA Extension Cotton Agronomist Dr. Jared Whitaker says we got about 30 – 40% more cotton…
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Row Crop Disease Update

This is a really big week for us in the field, not only with planting but with rain and subsequent disease. We are seeing some seedling disease in Wilcox County but definitely less than 3%. Here is a row crop disease update from UGA Extension Pathologist Dr. Bob Kemerait: To…
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