Tag Archives: Cotton

Unique Production Season Ahead

When I first moved down to Port Lavaca, at a crop tour, growers were talking how much experience they had farming.  One replied he had “1 year experience, 40 times.” I think there is a lot of truth to that statement.  It seems each year presents it’s own production challenges. So how is 2020 different from other years? There are two obvious differences: lower than normal rainfall and higher than average temperatures. Much of insect and plant activity occurs as a response to three variables. These variables are… Read More →

2019 Cotton Variety Trial Results

The Cotton Variety Trial in Calhoun Counties was harvested on September 2. These tests should be used along with other similar tests from South Texas to help determine the what to plant next year. Below are the lint yield results for the Calhoun Cotton Variety Trials.

Early Season Cotton IPM

The oldest cotton in the Mid-Coast is squaring and the youngest is just emerging from the ground.  Pest management in early season is primarily focused on two or three insect pests: Thrips, Cotton Fleahopper and Aphids. It is important to consider the pest, its numbers and the crop stage when deciding whether or not to add an insecticide to the tank.  Even if it only costs $1, an unneeded tank partner will reduce crop profits. Thrips can be a yield limiting pest until the cotton plants have 4-5… Read More →

2018 Mid-Coast Cotton Variety Trial Results

The tables below are the results of the cotton variety trials from Calhoun and Refugio Counties. All of these trials were planted in small plots with a 2-row cone planter and harvested with a 1-row cotton picker. All of these fields were on 38″ rows. Plots were 2 rows by 30 feet. Means with the same letter (or no letter) to the right are not different (LSD, p=0.10).

Stink Bugs in Cotton and Soybeans

While many fields are harvest ready, stink bugs are potential pests in the cotton and soybean fields that have yet to reach maturity. Cotton should be scouted for stink bugs until 350 heat units, or approximately 15 days, after the field has cutout (<5 NAWF).  Scout by opening 20-25 one-inch bolls and inspecting the bolls for evidence of internal feeding. Treat a field with more than 20% evidence of internal feeding. Soybeans are susceptible to stink bug damage until the beans reach maturity. Some entomologists would say soybeans… Read More →