Category Archives: IPM

Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Production Conference Jan 24

Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Production Conference at Crescent – January 24, 2023 By Corrie Bowen County Extension Agent Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Wharton County   Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Wharton, Matagorda, Jackson, and Colorado Counties are happy to announce the Upper Gulf Coast Feed Grain and Cotton Conference for Tuesday, January 24, 2023.   This year’s conference will be held in Crescent Hall at the Wharton County Fairgrounds at 6036 FM 961 Road Wharton, Texas 77488.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., with our first… Read More →

Wrapping Up Cotton

Howdy yall, A lot of our cotton is defoliated and I’ve seen many pickers running. There is still a bit of cotton waiting for defoliation, especially if it was irrigated, but for the most part we are wrapping this growing season up.   Cotton Field in Jackson County Kate Crumley Defoliation is usually recommended at over 60% open bolls, or 4 nodes above cracked boll. For more information, here are links to a defoliation guide from the Texas Row Crop Newsletter, the 2022 Mid South Defoliation Test, 2019 Mid South Defoliation… Read More →

Harvest Aids and Red Banded Stink Bugs

Howdy yall, Open Cotton in Jackson County Kate Crumley We are still seeing a few red banded stink bug around in our soybeans. The economic threshold for redbanded stink bugs in soybeans is 16 stink bugs per 100 sweeps, which is lower than the 36 per 100 sweeps for other stink bug species. Acephate tends to work better on redbanded and brown stink bugs than pyrethroids do. We also need to consider the pre-harvest interval for any fields that may be treated for those. For more information on… Read More →

Stink Bugs in Soybeans and Open Cotton

Howdy yall, We had some scattered rain and coastal showers the last few days, but I know a lot places are still pretty dry.  This week I was able to spend a little more time in soybeans as well as the usual cotton scouting. I found red banded stink bugs pretty easily in the couple spots when using a sweep net to check, so we do need to be looking closely for those. The economic threshold for redbanded stink bugs in soybeans is 16 stink bugs per 100… Read More →

Upper Gulf Coast IPM: Heat Units and Rain

Howdy yall, The upper gulf coast cooled down a bit this week, and some locations received some rain from our spotty storms. Most of our cotton is between 2-6 nodes above white flower (NAWF), but we did see a cracked boll this week. Some of the irrigated cotton around is holding out, but most reached cutout this week. Cutout occurs when carbohydrate supply equals demand, and vegetative growth ceases. When the plant reaches cutout, no more harvestable fruit is set. This is normally at 4 to 5 NAWF…. Read More →