Tag Archives: Cotton

Cotton Near Cutout

Much of our cotton fields are at or near cutout.  The fields we have been in this week range from 2-6 nodes above white flower (NAWF).  Keep in mind the time for a white bloom to  mature into an open boll is around 50 days. We are finding bollworms in non-Bt and 2-gene Bt cotton such as Bollgard 2 and Twin-Link cotton varieties.  I have not found much damage or worms in the 3-gene cotton varieties containing the VIP gene. Treat cotton fields when square and boll damage… Read More →

Rain and Square Loss

Scouting fields this week we are finding each field is different from the next. Much of this has to do with how the rain affected the field. If the water got off the field or did not stand for too many days, the crop was better off. Fields that held water are more likely to have square losses. Many of these fields have lost the larger squares leaving fruit smaller than match-head square. An example of this is shown. I removed the leaves showing the lower four squares have… Read More →

Early Season Cotton Maturity

I’ve been asked by a few growers “Why is my cotton growing so slowly?” The answer is primarily cold temperatures. The table below shows how many days are usually required to get from one stage to another. Notice emergence to first square usually takes 27 to 38 days. The difference between these is how warm or cold temperatures are. SOURCE I planted a cotton variety trial in Austwell, TX on March 12, or 47 days ago. Today this test is at 6-7 true leaf and I am finding… Read More →

South Texas audio updates

We have been recording pest updates in effort to provide a brief audio version of South Texas newsletters and blog posts. The reports include crop production and pest management updated from South Texas, including the Rio Grande Valley, Coastal Bend and Mid-Coast. You can get these by following this link: https://www.texasinsects.org/south-texas.html The latest edition is: 4/16/2021 (audio file) Fall armyworm and corn earworm feeding present in corn and sorghum whorls, but threshold is generally 30% defoliation across most plants. Corn leaf aphids and sugarcane aphids generally being controlled by… Read More →

2020 Cotton Variety Trial Results

The Cotton Variety Trial in Calhoun and Refugio Counties. These tests should be used along with other similar tests from South Texas to help determine the what to plant next year. Port Lavaca, TX Austwell, TX Bonnieview, TX