Author Archives: Stephen Biles

Fall Armyworm Management in Pastures

We are finding Fall Armyworms in many pastures and hay fields. In fields with above threshold numbers, this can reduce the hay yield or grass available for cattle grazing. I use a sweep net to sample and use an economic threshold of 25 worms per 5 sweeps. An alternative threshold is when worm counts exceed 2-3 per square foot. We sprayed an insecticide control trial last Wednesday near Port Lavaca (9/14/22). Results of the trial found most commonly used insecticides worked well. This includes pyrethroids like Lambda-Cyhalothrin, Lambda… Read More →

Grain Sorghum Hybrid Trial Results

The results of the 2022 Calhoun and Victoria counties grain sorghum hybrid trials are as follows: Calhoun County Grain Sorghum Hybrid Trial Victoria County Grain Sorghum Hybrid Trial Soil Testing needs to be done prior to fertilizing for next year’s crop. Give me a call to discuss soil sampling to 24″ for residual nitrogen. We can do the sampling and send the samples to TAMU Soil Testing Lab. Stephen Biles 361-552-9747

Soil Testing Time!

It’s time to test your fields nutrient content to determine proper fertilizer rates. Contact Stephen Biles to discuss getting your soil sampled to a depth of 24 inches. Read More →

Cotton Harvest Aids

The second applications were made to the Port Lavaca Harvest Aid test.  The test is located in a field is on Hwy 35 just south of FM2433.  Location in Google Maps is HERE You can look at this anytime you want to see how the treatments are performing. Use the QR code on the sign to get the treatment list. Treatments are identified by the orange stakes in the center of each 6-row plot. 7 Day After Treatment Observations Most of the treatments have 80-90% defoliation and little… Read More →

Harvest Aid Field Meeting

Harvest Aid trials have been sprayed in Victoria and Calhoun Counties. The latest observations for the Victoria Test are here. A second harvest aid trial was sprayed Tuesday, August 2 in Calhoun County. Field Meeting, Tuesday at 9:30 am Read More →