Cotton variety trial results reflect season’s ups, downs in East, South Texas

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

The 2016 Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluation or RACE trial results from South and East Texas are in and reflect the extremes of the past season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

“We had many regions with superb yield and quality, while other regions suffered tremendously from excessive late-season rainfall,” said Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist in College Station. Continue reading

North Carolina farmer is having cover crop success

From Southeast Farm Press

A strategy of combining several different species in the cover crop in his no-till corn and soybean program is allowing Russell Hedrick of Hickory, N.C., to maximize the benefit he gets from the cover crop.

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How to choose the right cover crop

From Delta Farm Press

By Larry Steckel

Judging by phone calls this fall, there is now widespread interest in cover crops here in Tennessee. This interest in cover crops really started last year. This was pointed out to me by the couple hundred folks that attended the University of Tennessee grain conference in Dyersburg, Tenn., last February where 50 percent of the attendees in a survey at that conference indicated that they had utilized a cover crop at least to some extent on their farms in 2012.

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New kit in works to test for glyphosate resistance

From Southeast Farm Press

Success sometimes comes with a price.

Glyphosate has been a very effective herbicide and its use also has environmental benefits, such as simplifying weed control in reduced-tillage farming. It has allowed growers to switch from conventional-tillage practices to no-till systems that reduce labor costs, improve soil quality, and help curb soil erosion.

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Herbicide resistance needs more proactive rather than reactive farming

This is reprinted from Delta Farm Press, written by Ford Baldwin. It’s a great case about why IPM should be used for weeds. Read the story at Delta Farm Press.

I just returned from the Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge conference in Fremantle, Australia. It was a great meeting with a lot of internationally renowned weed scientists making excellent presentations. It was essentially the “State of the Union” on where we are on herbicide resistance world-wide.

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Using a Universal Pathway to Whack at Weeds

A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist in Oxford, Miss., is working toward developing new herbicides by focusing on a molecular pathway that not only controls weeds, but could have helped shape our nation’s history.

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Glyphosate-resistant weeds spreading in Kentucky

Kentucky farmers have battled weeds resistant to herbicides containing glyphosate for the past decade. A recent survey of agriculture and natural resource agents with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service indicates these weeds are becoming more widespread.

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“Dinosaur” herbicides coming back because of weed resistance

2,4-D is coming back. What many might consider a “dinosaur” may be the best solution for growers fighting weed resistance today, says Dean Riechers, University of Illinois associate professor of weed physiology. “Farmers can’t imagine going back to 2,4-D or other auxin herbicides,” Riechers says. “But herbicide resistance is bad enough that companies are willing to bring it back. That illustrates how severe this problem is.”

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