The road to the development of the latest generation of herbicide-tolerant crop traits has taken several twists and turns. The latest is a decision by Monsanto to launch Bollgard II, Roundup Ready XTend Flex cotton in 2015 – if USDA and EPA approve – and dicamba-tolerant soybeans in 2016. Monsanto’s Kimberly Moggins explains those development in this interview following the 2014 Roundup Ready Learning Experience event in Marion, Ark....More
Though they’ve gotten a deservedly bad reputation in recent years for doing serious crop damage, but not all stink bugs are crop pests. Some are beneficial and prey on other crop pests, especially in vegetable production.
The pesticide registration process – FIFRA – establishes acceptable pesticide residue levels for products approved in the U.S. Meanwhile, foreign governments are increasing oversight and testing of imported food for pesticide residues....More
Combined, the state winners of the 2014 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program have 350 years of farming experience, with scores of farming generations before them to boot. From one of the largest growers in the state to a Vietnam veteran, from a meticulous weed warrior to even a ‘city’ boy, their backgrounds and farming operations vary across the board.
The cotton market desperately needs stability—something to stop the free fall. If prices don’t bounce back between now and harvest, cotton farmers may have to wait and give the market longer to hopefully adjust back up over the winter....More
Mepiquat-based PGRs can help control rank growth in cotton, which is a good thing, but a plant still needs to be robust enough to support its optimal boll load in order to shoot for its top yield potential....More
The Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture unveiled an agricultural supply chain program, saying it will become a platform for measuring, promoting and reporting on continuous sustainability improvements for U.S. crops....More
Cotton squaring and flowering is a few weeks away, and now is a good time for North Carolina farmers to think about treatment options for plant bugs, according to North Carolina State University Extension entomologist Dr. Dominic Reisig....More
Although forecasts indicate a drought’s likelihood, they aren’t perfect. But they can help a farmer decide whether to plant a crop earlier or later than usual so drought is less likely to occur when the crop is most sensitive to drought....More
The current three-month seasonal forecast (Jul-Aug-Sep) from the NOAA Climate Prediction Center shows that in most of the Southeast there is an increased chance of above-average temperatures. There is a slightly elevated chance for drier-than-average conditions for southwestern Alabama and western Florida....More
When selecting an (cotton) insecticide, the primary factor is efficacy of the insecticide treatment on the target pest(s). However one should also consider the impact of the insecticide application on other pests in the field if they are present. For example, we have observed spider mites with increasing frequency during recent years....More
Global cotton prices are going up while at the same time production costs are going up. U.S. cotton farmers will need to rely on practices such as conservation tillage, integrated pest management and precision agriculture to remain competitive....More
Participants of the Young Guns Tour of Cotton Incorporated’s research center in Cary, N.C. learned that competition from synthetic fibers presents one of the greatest challenges to the cotton industry....More