Plow Points

Wheeler and Jeff Davis County Extension

How Generic Base Could Be Treated – Update from Don Shurley

With the 2014 farm bill, cotton base on a farm became Generic Base. If you’ll recall, cotton base on a farm was frozen (could not be increased or decreased) but all other bases on the farm (bases of “covered commodities” like corn, soybeans, peanuts, wheat, etc.) could be retained as is or reallocated based on acres planted 2009-2012.
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Update on Whitefly Control in Cotton

Over the last 3 weeks I have looked at fields in various stages of Silverleaf Whitefly infestation. I have met on-farm with many of you and hope that you have received the message that your cotton fields need to be monitored for whiteflies and that your pest control measures should be well thought out.

In a previous post I reviewed the steps to take when scouting for silverleaf whitefly. I would like to take a few minutes to review insecticide options and their activity; in doing so I will also touch on some insecticides for stink bugs as well.

 
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AG Economics Recent Cotton Policy Developments by Don Shurley

Background and Summary of Recent Cotton Policy Developments

 Don Shurley – Cotton Economist/Professor Emeritus of Cotton Economics

Under the 2014 farm bill, cotton is not a “covered commodity” and not eligible for the ARC and PLC programs. Cotton’s “safety net” is STAX but STAX has not been as well utilized and accepted by growers as expected.
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Whiteflies in Cotton – Watch OUT!!

It has been quite an unusual year. We have had good rainfall and few pest and disease issues thus far this growing season. But now we are beginning to encounter a pest that we do not normally pay any attention to in our area of the state. Whiteflies!
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2017 Wheeler & Telfair County Production Meetings

DATE                                      MEETING                                                          LOCATION                                              TIME   Thurs  Jan 12-                  Cotton Production                                            Southern Star Grill- McRae                               6:00 pm Wed Jan 25-                    Ag Economics- Livestock                                  Southern Star Grill- McRae                              12:00 noon Thurs Jan 26-                 Corn Production                                                  Southern Star Grill- McRae                             12:00 noon Fri Jan…
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2017 UGA and GA Dept. of Ag. Required Trainings for Applying Auxin Herbicides in Auxin-Tolerant Technologies

Cotton and soybean varieties with tolerance to auxin herbicides (2,4-D or dicamba) are being commercialized. Prior to making applications of dicamba to dicamba-tolerant cotton/soybean or 2,4-D to 2,4-D-tolerant cotton/soybeans in Georgia, growers will be required to attend the training “Using Pesticides Wisely”.
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