The inaugural Great Plains Cotton Conference is scheduled for February 25-26 at the Red Roof Inn & Conference Center in Wichita, KS. Presentations will be focused on all things cotton, including pest and nutrient management, varieties, harvest-aids, post-harvest management, economics, and cotton industry updates related to the Great Plains. More details are included in this article.
Interest and enthusiasm about cotton is high heading into the 2020 growing season! Don't miss the inaugural Great Plains Cotton Conference on Feb. 25-26 in Wichita. Details on the event are included in this article.
It's not too late to make plans to attend the first ever Great Plains Cotton Conference on Feb. 25-26 in Wichita. Sessions will be geared to inform experienced, new and potential growers, consultants, and industry personnel.
Cotton has a great ability to overcome many stresses and produce profitable lint yields when the crop gets off to a good, uniform start. When is the best time to plant cotton in Kansas? Read more in this article!
This article briefly outlines new information from the EPA concerning the cancellation order of dicamba made by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. More information will be coming as it becomes available.
On Wednesday, June 10, the Kansas Department of Agriculture provided clarification of the impact of the EPA cancellation order for Engenia, FeXapan, and XtendiMax product labels.
Producers are likely familiar with timing of limited irrigation to maximize yield in grain crops such as corn or grain sorghum. This article summarizes research from K-State on timing irrigation for maximizing the yield potential in cotton.
Save the date for the 2021 Great Plains Cotton Conference scheduled for February 23 and 24. This year the conference will be held virtually using Zoom. Presentations will be given from nationally recognized speakers on all things cotton. Don't miss it!
Following a very successful meeting in 2020, the 2021 Great Plains Cotton Conference is scheduled for February 23 and 24, 2021. The format this year will be virtual using the Zoom platform. Get registered today!
Get registered for the 2021 Great Plains Cotton Conference! The 2-day agenda is included in this article. Registration is free and open to all! Don't miss out on this premier cotton event.
Cotton producers in Kansas are nearing planting time. However, it's best to look at soil temperatures at the planting depth and the upcoming forecast rather than the calendar date. Seed germination and early growth is highly dependent on adequate soil temperatures and moisture.
Early season weed control is particularly important in cotton as it can be slow to develop a crop canopy. Learn the best strategies for keeping weeds at bay in your cotton fields this spring and summer.
Don't forget that the 2021 labels for over-the-top applications of herbicides containing dicamba have cut-off dates. For soybeans, this cut-off is just around the corner. Applications to cotton have a few weeks longer. Read more in this short article from Sarah Lancaster.
On January 11, the EPA renewed labels for Enlist One and Enlist Duo for seven years. These are the only 2,4-D formulations approved for over-the-top herbicide application to Enlist E3 soybean and Enlist cotton. The labels come with some additional restrictions compared to the previous labels.
Cotton can be slower to canopy and therefore less competitive early in the growing season than other crops, which makes early-season weed control especially important. Weeds not only compete with cotton for water, nutrients and sunlight during the growing season, but also contribute to trash and discoloration of the lint at harvest, resulting in major dockage in quality grades and reduced value of the lint.
Farmers planning to apply XtendiMax, Engenia, or Tavium to their dicamba-resistant soybean have about two weeks remaining to make those herbicide applications. These are the only dicamba-containing products labeled for over-the-top use in dicamba-resistant soybean and cotton. The last day these products can legally be applied to soybean is June 30. The cut-off date for cotton is July 30.
When is the optimum time to plant cotton? Cotton can overcome many stresses and produce profitable lint yields when the crop gets off to a good, uniform start. The recommended window for cotton planting is relatively narrow compared to that for other summer crops grown in Kansas. It is best to monitor soil conditions rather than the calendar.
Early-season weed control is especially important in cotton because can be slow to canopy relative to other crops grown in Kansas, and therefore less competitive early in the growing season. Tillage is often used for early-season weed control; however, most Kansas cotton acreage is in conservation tillage systems, so effective herbicides are needed before planting.