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Extension specialists discuss assessing cotton, replant resourcesExtension specialists discuss assessing cotton, replant resources

Drs. Murilo Maeda and Calvin Trostle talk about how to asses damaged cotton and replant resources available, live with Farm Press.

Shelley E. Huguley

June 11, 2019

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Shelley E. Huguley

After several rounds of rainfall, combined with hail and gusting winds over the last four weeks, Dr. Murilo Maeda, Extension cotton specialist, TAMU Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock, provides assessment tips when surveying damaged cotton, while Dr. Calvin Trostle, Extension agronomy, TAMU Dept. of Soil & Crop Sciences, Lubbock,  talks about the 2019 "Alternative Crop Options after Failed Cotton and Late-Season Crop Planting for the Texas South Plains." 

Trostle breaks down changes in the document since the 2017 & 2018 season:

  • Added comments on cotton variety selection, growth and regrowth after hail damage, and targeting late-season uniformity across the field (p. 3).

  • Updated on-line chemical label look-up information for http://www.cdms.net (p. 5).

See, Online guide published to aid Texas growers in replant decisions

  • Be careful about replanting grain sorghum and other crops behind cotton if dicamba has been applied (p. 6).

  • An update on sugarcane aphid (SCA) in Texas and possible implications for grain sorghum in the South Plains (thresholds for spraying were lowered mid-season in 2015, and lowered further for 2016; also, SCA did overwinter in scattered locations in the South Plains) as well as links to grain sorghum hybrids that express tolerance of the aphid (p. 8).

  • Propazine (Milo-Pro) is no longer available.  This removes a common herbicide for grain sorghum in rotation with cotton.

  • Reporting of recent research that suggests hybrid pearl millet is (only) a poor-host of sugarcane aphid and is thus a possible alternative forage option to sorghum family forages (more likely downstate) (p. 26).

  • Proso millet for grain is now included as a potential short-season alternative crop for late planting (p. 27).

  • Comments are added about replant and late-plant options for organic cropping. (p. 30)

See, Cotton replant provisions dictate producer options

Watch one of the two LIVE shots with Maeda and Trostle. (If you want an interview interrupted by the very element that damaged crops this last weekend, watch the first LIVE video. If you want a video out of the wind, watch the second video. Keeping it real here at Farm Press!)


About the Author(s)

Shelley E. Huguley

Editor, Southwest Farm Press

Shelley Huguley has been involved in agriculture for the last 25 years. She began her career in agricultural communications at the Texas Forest Service West Texas Nursery in Lubbock, where she developed and produced the Windbreak Quarterly, a newspaper about windbreak trees and their benefit to wildlife, production agriculture and livestock operations. While with the Forest Service she also served as an information officer and team leader on fires during the 1998 fire season and later produced the Firebrands newsletter that was distributed quarterly throughout Texas to Volunteer Fire Departments. Her most personal involvement in agriculture also came in 1998, when she married the love of her life and cotton farmer Preston Huguley of Olton, Texas. As a farmwife, she knows first-hand the ups and downs of farming, the endless decisions made each season based on “if” it rains, “if” the drought continues, “if” the market holds. She is the bookkeeper for their family farming operation and cherishes moments on the farm such as taking harvest meals to the field or starting a sprinkler in the summer with the whole family lending a hand. Shelley has also freelanced for agricultural companies such as Olton CO-OP Gin, producing the newsletter Cotton Connections while also designing marketing materials to promote the gin. She has published articles in agricultural publications such as Southwest Farm Press while also volunteering her marketing and writing skills to non-profit organizations such as Refuge Services, an equine-assisted therapy group in Lubbock. She and her husband reside in Olton with their three children Breely, Brennon and HalleeKate.

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