Most of the attention on (Alabama) cotton has been directed towards plant bugs during the past two weeks. Economic numbers of nymphs have appeared in fields that had adults in late June and early July. Where the population was detected by fieldmen, controls were applied. All recommended insecticides seemed to do a good job. One point I will make here is that some inexperienced fieldmen may have not picked up the just hatched immature plant bugs, which are very small at that stage. There seems to be a gap of time between when we stop seeing adults and when we find the small nymphs....More
This month, the ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource, developed by Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network, offers useful information on cotton protection and irrigation management for the Southeast....More
The National Corn Growers Association reminds farmers that the Aug. 1 deadline for NCGA’s National Corn Yield Contest is fast approaching. Corn growers can register quickly and easily today using the online entry....More
Deep South corn growers are gearing up for corn harvest now, some are easing equipment into fields as weather permits and corn continues to dry down. Corn harvesting equipment has come a long way in the last seven decades -- a long way.
Precision agriculture tools such as Real Time Kinematic (RTK) satellite navigation will go a long way in helping farmers remain competitive, improve efficiency and increase yields as they work to feed a growing world population....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.
If there’s an advantage in Alabama’s irrigation deficit, it’s that the state can look to its neighbors such as Georgia and learn from their mistakes, especially in the area of restrictions and regulations, which continue to evolve in most of the Southeastern United States....More
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.
This is certainly not to suggest a wholesale relocation of the Corn Belt to the Southeast, but there’s potential here for some expansion of irrigation, while other regions of the country have clearly reached their limits....More
Early irrigation termination can hurt yield depending on when you cut the water off. Although kernels outwardly appear mature and corn water use begins declining at the dent stage, this is far too early to terminate irrigation....More
The North Carolina Department of Revenue has released its official notice and application forms relating to the recent revisions to North Carolina’s agriculture sales tax exemptions that took effect July 1...More
Stevia is so new to North Carolina that researchers and farmers say there are far more questions than answers on producing the crop, but because of an established market and growing demand, they are committed to expanding acreage in the Tar Heel State...More
Virginia, as well as much of the rest of the United States, is experiencing dramatic losses in honey bees and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is urging professional applicators to follow the label on all pesticide products....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