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Cotton Variety Trials & Production Guidelines
Each year the LSU AgCenter tests commercial cotton hybrids entered in the state yield tests by private seed companies. From these, a grower should choose several that are adapted to an individual farm. Information in the tables should help you make these important decisions.
insect guide
Louisiana Insect Pest Management Guide
This 2014 guide was compiled by LSU AgCenter experts and includes regulations, precautions and suggestions for pest control in Louisiana. Detailed topics include drift of pesticides, hazards of pesticides to beneficial insects and wildlife, phytotoxicity and use of beneficial insects to control pest populations. A section on organic gardening also is included.
weed guide
Louisiana's Suggested Chemical Weed Control Guide
This 2014 guide includes helpful information on herbicides and weed control with detailed suggestions for aquatics, commercial nursery stock, field crops, forestry, fruit crops, home gardens, lawns and many other Louisiana crops. It includes information on different types of herbicide registrations, as well as information on herbicide labels and restricted uses. Also included are sprayer calibration techniques, suggestions for reducing herbicide drift and a guide to proper spray tip selection.
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Future of Cotton Ginning in Louisiana
The cotton industry in Louisiana has seen major structural changes in a short time. Total cotton production was reduced by almost 75 percent between 2005 and 2008. This article explores the future of the cotton industry.
Aerial Applicators
Aerial Applicators Important; ‘Clinics’ Help With Efficiency
(Distributed03/27/03) Rice planting has begun in South Louisiana, but many farmers in the central and northern parts of the state are looking for options because they’ve been delayed by persistent rains and wet field conditions. That’s where the state’s aerial applicators – pilots with specially equipped aircraft – come in. And many of those aerial applicators take advantage of LSU AgCenter services that help them check their equipment.
Flooded Cotton Field
Rains Batter Rice, Other Crops; But Cotton May Be Bright Spot
Recent rains have drenched Louisiana, and the outlook is not good for the state’s rice crop. Corn and wheat also have taken a beating – but specialists believe the Louisiana cotton crop may have weathered the storm. Double-digit rainfall was recorded in many areas of the state over the past couple of weeks, and totals exceeding 20 inches were seen in some places. Observers even reported as much as 24-27 inches in spots.
Cotton Farmers Learn About Latest Research, Technology
Producers heard a variety of experts at the Louisiana Cotton Forum in Monroe.
USDA Predicts Crop Increases In La., U.S.
Louisiana farmers will plant more acreage in rice, soybeans and cotton but less in corn.
Computers Play Role in Planting, Managing Cotton
Cotton farmers who have access to the Internet can find a lot of information they need on planting and managing their crops, according to an LSU AgCenter expert.
AgCenter Faculty Meet In ‘Food Summit’
Stressing that production agriculture alone is not enough to sustain rural economies, a leading food science expert said farm productivity needs to be converted to consumer-ready products.
Northeast Louisiana Parishes Lead State In Large Increase of Cotton Planted
(Distributed 06/20/01) According to figures released by the Louisiana Boll Weevil Eradication Commission, the parishes with the state's highest cotton acreage figures are Tensas Parish with 115,000 acres and Morehouse with 104,000 acres. Dr. John Barnett, cotton specialist with the LSU AgCenter, said cotton farmers across the state are reporting about 896,000 acres.
Irrigation Pond Saves Groundwater
Irrigation ponds can irrigate fields during the summer without resorting to pumping water from wells.
disease guide
Plant Disease Management Guide
This guide for 2013 contains suggestions for management of the most important or more prevalent diseases of Louisiana plants. It includes information on fungicides, bactericides and nematicides, as well as safety precautions for using them.
Shake sheet
Explaining the proper use of a shake sheet
(Distrubuted 02/07/11) Roger Leonard explains the advantages and proper techniques for using a shake sheet in cotton. (Runtime: 5:16)
Feeding stages
Preferred feeding stages of the tarnished plant bug
(Distrubuted 02/07/11) Roger Leonard explains the stages of cotton on which the tarnished plant bug prefers to feed. (Runtime :54)
Shake sheet
Advantages of a shake sheet
(Distrubuted 02/07/11) Roger Leonard explains the advantages of using a shake sheet in scouting a cotton field. (Runtime: 2:11)
Cotton Variety Trials & Production Guidelines
2010; 2006-2007; 2001; 1999
root-knot galling
Root-knot nematode in cotton
Root-knot nematode is the second most important nematode that damages cotton in Louisiana.
doublecropping cotton and wheat
Double-cropping Cotton and Wheat in Louisiana
Wheat acreage in Louisiana has increased significantly because of higher wheat prices. With the increase in wheat acreage, interest has risen considerably in double-cropping cotton after wheat is harvested. Recommendations for growing cotton in a double-cropped production system with wheat in 2007 are included. (PDF format only)
Louisiana On-Farm Cotton Variety Trial Summary
Each year, the LSU AgCenter conducts a number of on-farm cotton variety trials. These trials can be a useful supplement to Official Variety Trial (OVT) information as well as other sources of data on which to base cotton variety selection decisions.
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