One of the times, in this research, it did reduce yield some was on heavily thrips injured cotton. Of course, we have a lot of cotton that is heavily stressed by thrips this spring so the decision comes down to weighing the potential injury from glufosinate to the yield loss from Palmer amaranth competition. 

In a study Scott Stewart conducted a couple years ago, cotton without an insecticide seed treatment was allowed to be injured by thrips and then sprayed with glufosinate and glufosinate tank-mixed with three different insecticides on 2 leaf cotton.

In this test he lost about 11 percent of the yield when comparing the glufosinate application alone to Sequence on the thrips stressed cotton.

Recent research from Georgia shows that just one Palmer per square yard will reduce cotton yield by 50 percent. So it comes down to getting eyes on the field to determine the extent of the Palmer infestation. 

If it is just a couple spots of Palmer and maybe a few scattered, then spray glyphosate plus a residual and chop or otherwise destroy the pigweed in those areas. 

If the Palmer infestation is much more robust, then the down side of yield loss, that may or may not happen, with glufosinate on WideStrike cotton will be more than offset by the 100 percent guarantee of extensive yield loss from Palmer amaranth competition. 

The next question from growers is should they tank-mix a residual herbicide, AMS or insecticide in with glufosinate on WideStrike cotton? 

I would NOT add Dual Magnum in with glufosinate on Widestrike cotton particularly if it has been stressed by thrips. 

A better approach is to wait a few days and spray a residual herbicide. I would also not add any AMS. It will likely not improve weed control and very likely increase cotton injury.

The insecticide is a different story. We have not seen acephate increase injury of glufosinate on Widestrike cotton and with the thrips pressure in many fields this year it probably is warranted.

For the cotton that is LibertyLink or Glytol Liberty-Link, which have much better glufosinate tolerance than WideStrike cotton, the decisions on managing GR Palmer is easier. I would spray the cotton as quickly as possible with glufosinate and tank-mix in something like Dual Magnum for residual control and insecticide for thrips if needed.

 

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