General Comments: All of the verification fields are starting to square and some are being irrigated for the first time. Insect pressure was light in all of the fields but two.
Clay- Variety: Deltapine 0912 B2RF I was unable to make a field visit to the Clay County field this week. However, the county agent did make a field visit and said that the field is looking good and is starting to square. The farmer had already made one irrigation application and if he didn’t receive any rain, was going to make another.
Craighead- Variety: Deltapine 0912 B2RF The Craighead County field has started to turn a corner and is improving every week. The cotton has started to take up the nitrogen and is growing well. Unless we receive some rainfall this weekend, the field will have to be watered to maintain its growth.
Mississippi- Variety: Deltapine 0912 B2RF The Mississippi County field is also improving. The farmer was applying the nitrogen fertilizer this week during our visit. He was able to use his row hoods and apply Gramoxone in the middles and post-direct Roundup and Staple for morning glory control. The Gramoxone was already taking effect on the pigweed.
St. Francis- Variety: Phytogen 375 WRF Plant bugs were at threshold in the St. Francis County field this week. Centric was recommended for plant bug control. Pigweeds are beginning to be a major problem in this field. Since the farmer has been unable to make timely applications for control, a recommendation of Ignite at 32 oz. was made. 20 gallons of water per acre and using flat fan tips were also recommended for good coverage.
Phillips- Variety: UA 48 The Phillips County field is beginning to square over most of the field. Plant bugs were at threshold in this field also, and the counts were rather high. A recommendation of Centric at 1 ¾ oz. and 6 oz. of Diamond was made. There is a corn field across the road from this field so this field is being considered a problem field and will be scouted closely.
Lincoln- Variety: Stoneville 5458 B2RF The Lincoln County field is looking very good despite dry conditions that plague the area. Although there were some showers in the area this past week, the field missed out and will need to be irrigated this week. The field is squaring well and square retention is in the 90% range. Plant bug pressure was light this week. If the field continues to grow at the current rate, a Pix application will be recommended.
Jefferson- Variety: Stoneville 5458 B2RF The Jefferson County field has also improved over the previous week. The farmer had 70 units of nitrogen applied this past week and plowed his middles for weed control and to incorporate the fertilizer. He also chopped out any remaining pigweeds. The cotton was beginning to square over most of the field. Insect pressure was very light this week.