Friday, June 1, 2012

Announcing Alabama Scouting Schools

Announcement: Alabama Cotton Scouting Shortcourses Meeting Sites and Dates
  • June 12th (Tuesday) 2012; Autaugaville, Alabama- County Agricultural Center
  • June 13th (Wednesday) 2012; Headland, Alabama- Wiregrass Research Center
  • June 19th (Tuesday) 2012; Belle Mina, Alabama- Tennessee Valley Research Center
All meetings begin at 8:30 AM
Contact Person: Dr. Tim Reed (256-627-3450) or Dr. Ron Smith (334-332-9501)

Note: Dr. Austin Hagan will discuss cotton diseases at the Autaugaville and Headland sites. Dr. Tim Reed will cover soybean insects at all three sites.

Following are thirteen questions that represent the type of information that will be discussed.
1.      Why are grasshoppers easier to control in March/early April than May?

2.      If a foliar is needed for thrips suppression, when is the ideal stage of cotton to apply it?

3.      If you see damage to cotyledon stage cotton (no till) planted behind corn residue, what is the most likely culprit: snails, slugs, or pill bugs?

4.      What is the best method to determine when plant bug controls are needed in pre-bloom cotton?

5.      How would you measure the number of tarnished plant bugs in post bloom cotton?

6.      You are at week four or five of bloom, what would be the threshold for stink bugs?

7.      Under what conditions (situation) would a phosphate insecticide give better control of stink bugs than a pyrethroid?

8.      What new thrips insecticide entered the market this season and does not flare aphids or spider mites?

9.      Suppose you find high numbers of fall armyworms feeding on grass in your cotton field border- should you prepare to spray the cotton?

10.   How old does a green boll need to be to be safe from stink bug damage?

11.   Under what conditions would aphids be more of an economic pest or problem?

12.   At what stage is cotton normally beyond thrips injury?

13.   How long should you wait to evaluate control behind a stink bug spray?