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Friday, December 7, 2018

RACE Trial Results

Howdy all,

The cotton variety test results are available, feel free to check them out here.

Kate

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Stalk Destruction Deadline Extension and Upcoming Programs

Howdy,

  I was recently notified that TDA has decided to grant the cotton stalk destruction deadline for all of Pest Management Zone 3 until December 1, 2018. The deadline was extended due to the above average rainfall received during the last several weeks that has delayed field operations.

  Pest Management Zone 3 consists of Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Orange, Waller, and Wharton counties.

   Additionally, TDA has decided to deny the extension requests for Zone 6, Zone 8 Area 1, and Zone 8 Area 2.  The recent cold spell in these zones has rendered the remaining cotton non-hostable. 
  
  Section 20.22 of the Texas Administrative Code provides that the Department may grant a blanket extension of the destruction deadline covering an entire cotton stalk destruction zone or a portion of an entire zone under certain circumstances.


We also have a few programs coming up, please check out the flyers for those below.



Thursday, November 8, 2018

November Programs

Howdy everyone,

  We have two programs coming up soon, a Cotton and Grain Risk Management and Marketing Workshop in Jackson county, and the Agricultural Pesticide Waste Collection in Wharton county. Check out our flyers below for more information on these events.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Stalk Destruction and Section 18

Howdy all,

  I wanted to keep everyone up to date on a couple of things our office recieved updates on in the last two days. First, the cotton stalk destruction deadline for our zone has been extended to November 17.

TDA Blanket Extension of Cotton Stalk Destruction Deadline for Pest Management Zone 3

The Texas Department of Agriculture has received written requests to extend the cotton stalk destruction deadline for Zone 3.  This requests has come from the Cotton Producer Advisory Committee for Zone 3. 
After consideration of this request the Department has decided to grant the cotton stalk destruction deadline extension for all of Pest Management Zone 3 until November 17, 2018. 

Pest Management Zone 3 consists of Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Orange, Waller, and Wharton counties.

Basis for Extension

Pest Management Zone 3 has received repeated above average rainfall for the last several weeks and current weather predictions indicate additional rainfall, which will continue to delay field operations.

Authority
Section 20.22 of the Texas Administrative Code provides that the Department may grant a blanket extension of the destruction deadline covering an entire cotton stalk destruction zone or a portion of an entire zone under certain circumstances. 

Please see the Department’s Blanket Extension Summary Table for your information. The following link shows the cotton stalk destruction map with zones and destruction deadlines.


  Second, the rice delphacid is an exotic planthopper species we found attacking the ratoon rice crop again this year in Matagorda county. It was seen in this area in 2015 for the first time. The insect transmits the Rice Hoja Blanca virus, but we have not seen any transmission of the virus here yet. We have seen heavy honeydew and sooty mold as well as hopper burn from feeding. Look here and here for more information.
Damage on rice from the rice delphacid
Photo: Kate Harrell

Rice delphacid adults, nymphs, shed exuvia, and sooty mold on rice
Photo: Kate Harrell

I heard from our extension rice specialist, Dr. Mo Way, that we have been granted a section 18 emergency exemption to use Endigo ZC to control this insect in Texas until November 9. Please review the section 18 label for use below.



As always, give us a call at the office or shoot me an email if you have questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Kate


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Zone 3 Cotton Stalk Destruction Deadline October 31

By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

A recent recommendation for a change to the Zone 3 pest management
zone was considered by the Texas Department of agriculture, as approved by a majority vote of the Zone 3 Cotton Producer Advisory Committee.  This change in Zone 3 and the respective cotton stalk destruction date became effective on September 13, 2018.  These changes are reflected in the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 20 Cotton Pest Control http://texasagriculture.gov/Portals/0/images/ACP/Cotton/Ch20Cotton_2018-09-13.pdf

The Zone 3 Pest Management and Cotton Stalk Destruction Zone now comprises the following Texas Counties:  Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Lavaca, Liberty, Matagorda, Orange, Waller and Wharton. The cotton stalk destruction date for these Zone 3 counties is October 31st.  The mission of the Cotton Stalk Destruction program is to suppress boll weevil and pink bollworm populations in Texas.  For more details on the TDA Cotton Stalk Destruction regulatory program go to
From the destruction deadline of October 31st until the end date for destruction requirements (new cotton crop emergence), all cotton plants in  Pest Management Zone 3 shall be non-hostable. 



Corrie Bowen, MS
County Extension Agent - Agriculture
Wharton County
315 E. Milam, Suite 112
Wharton, Texas 77488
(979) 532-3310

Friday, July 20, 2018

Howdy,

  All the cotton I've looked at this week is past cutout (5 nodes above white flower) and a good number of fields have open bolls. I've been seeing the bollworm (H. zea, corn ear worm, etc.) egg lay decreasing, and most of the larvae are cycling out. Last week I spent a good deal of time collecting bollworms out of double traited and one vip traited field. Those bollworms have been sent to the lab in College Station for Bt resistance testing.

Large Cotton Bollworm in Cry 1Ab + Cry 2Ac Cotton
Photo: Kate Harrell

Treatment options for Cotton Bollworm in Cotton

  In places still susceptible to bollworms, it's important to be checking for them even if you have Bt cotton. There is no threshold set for egg lay (since they have to feed for Bt to effect them and many other insects consume eggs), but our adapted threshold for caterpillars after last year is 6% damaged bolls or squares with live caterpillars present. When cotton reaches cutout (5 NAWF), it has 350 heat units remaining before the bollworms can no longer cause yield loss.

Stink Bug
Photo: Kate Harrell
Carpal Warts in Cotton
Photo: Kate Harrell
  In the places that are still susceptible to stink bugs, the threshold for stink bugs is 20% of bolls damaged with stink bugs present. Once cotton has reached 450 heat units past cutout, treatment for stink bugs may no longer be necessary, as the bolls they can still feed on will not mature in time to contribute to the overall yield. Fields that experienced drought stress this year may have a longer time frame for yield loss to occur, and stink bugs may still need to be a consideration until 450 heat units past 3 or 4 NAWF.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and safe grain harvest!

Sincerely,

Kate

For more information check out:

Texas Row Crop Newsletter

Managing Cotton Insects in Texas

Friday, July 13, 2018


 Wharton - AgriLife Extension to host a Cotton Turn Row Meeting – July 17th

 By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Wharton and Matagorda County Offices will host a Cotton Turn Row Meeting on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 in Wharton.  Registration will begin at the Directors Room at the Wharton County Fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m.  Program to begin at 9:00 a.m. with an overview of the 2018  Cotton Crop.  We’ll then proceed to our Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluation (RACE) trial where we’ll hear from Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Extension Cotton Specialist with discussion on cotton varieties and late season issues.  Dr. Scott Nolte, Extension Weed Specialist will follow with discussion on minimizing off-target herbicide movement.  By 11 a.m. we’ll return to the Directors Room where Greg Baker with discuss Worker Protection Standard requirements for pesticide workers and handlers. 

The WPS is a federal regulation originally enacted in 1992 designed to protect agricultural workers (people involved in the production of agricultural plants) and pesticide handlers (people mixing, loading, or applying pesticides or doing other tasks involving direct contact with pesticides). You probably need to comply with the WPS if you are a:  Manager or owner of a farm, forest, nursery, or greenhouse; or Labor contractor for a farm, forest, nursery, or greenhouse; or  Custom (for hire) pesticide applicator or independent crop consultant hired by a farm, forest, nursery, or greenhouse operator.  The EPA made significant revisions to the WPS provisions that became effective January 2, 2018.  Most WPS provisions are protections that you, as an employer, must provide for your own employees and, in some instances, to yourself. The WPS covers two types of employers, which it defines according to the type of work their employees do.  Bring your farm employees (agricultural workers and/or pesticide handlers) to the July 17th Turn-Row meeting, as the WPS training at 11 a.m. will satisfy the annual WPS training.  The WPS training video will be provided in English.  Please contact the Wharton County Extension office prior to July 17th at 979-532-3310 if you have employees attending who will need to view the Spanish version of the WPS training.

Program will conclude at noon.  3 CEUs will be offered for TDA pesticide license holders and 3 CCA credits have been applied for.  Please call the Extension Office by  5:00 p.m. on July 16 just to let us know that you’ll be attending.  A flyer  for the July 17th turn-row meeting is available at https://wharton.agrilife.org.


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