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Hurricane Hanna aftermath: effective stalk destructionHurricane Hanna aftermath: effective stalk destruction

Extension specialists discuss cotton destroyed by the hurricane and stalk destruction methods and treatments.

Shelley E. Huguley

August 25, 2020

As Hurricane Hanna made landfall July 25, it destroyed the majority of harvest-ready cotton in the Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley. Early estimates show direct losses of cotton lint at $76 million and $14.2 million in cottonseed.

All that remains are cotton stalks and a quickly approaching September 1 deadline to destroy or make stalks not hostable for the boll weevil. 

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension IPM Agent Danielle Sekula, Weslaco, and Agronomist Josh McGinty, Corpus Christi, discuss destruction methods and effective herbicide treatments in this video. 

To learn more about their stalk destruction trials and herbicide treatments, click here

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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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