Thrips resistance in cotton

In Southeast Farm Press

by Ron Smith, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

The first major insect we focus on during the cotton production season is thrips. Many have heard and read in recent years about the resistance of thrips to our available seed treatments.

We already recommend foliar sprays at the one to two true-leaf stage when cotton seedlings are not growing rapidly and/or thrips pressure is extremely heavy. As the resistance problem grows, we likely will see an increased need for foliar sprays on top of the seed treatments. Continue reading

When it comes to herbicide usage, don’t get creative

In Southwest Farm Press

The first, and possibly most important, step in preserving valuable herbicide technology is reading and following the label. The label is the law.

Expedience, however, may sometimes tempt farmers or applicators to take shortcuts or cut corners to treat a field in a timely manner or to reduce expenses when commodity prices are low. Probably not a good idea, according to an article from a recent Texas Row Crops Newsletter, authored by Texas AgriLife Extension specialists Gaylon Morgan,  Paul Baumann, and Josh McGinty. Continue reading

LSU holds meeting on feral hog management

in Delta Farm Press

Johnny Morgan, LSU AgCenter

With feral swine becoming more of a problem across the state, the LSU AgCenter is sponsoring an informational meeting on May 31 to give updates on the latest research and regulations that are being implemented.

The meeting will be held at the AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center DeWitt Livestock Facility located on Hwy 71 south of the LSU-Alexandria campus in Alexandria, La., from 1-3 p.m., said LSU AgCenter area agent Donna Morgan. Continue reading

USDA Announces $10.7 Million for Critical Water Research

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $10.7 million in funding for research that could solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

“Finding solutions for dealing with water scarcity as well as maintaining water quality is critical for communities across the country and for the men and women who raise the food we eat,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “Better water management practices, tools and technologies will make a difference for farmers, ranchers, and foresters who are constantly adapting to less predictable and more severe weather patterns.” Continue reading