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Friday, October 13, 2017

Bt Cotton Survey and Flood Damage


  I hope everyone is doing well after the hurricane. Since the season has pretty well wrapped up, I put together a survey for the crop consultants and farmers to gather a little more information on the bollworm situation this past year. If you get a chance, I'd appreciate your input. The survey gathers data anonymously, so the only info I'll be able to see is the info you give me.

  For those of you not in the areas affected by the hurricane, I attached a few pictures from some of the flood damaged areas to give you an idea of what we've been dealing with. I'm just glad that the pictures don't include the smell, I wouldn't want to share that with anybody. The pictures below were taken in multiple locations near the Colorado River.
Cotton on the plant after flooding
Photo: Kate Harrell
Cotton on the plant after flooding
Photo: Kate Harrell
Cotton on the plant after flooding
Photo: Kate Harrell

Dead fish in a cotton field
Photo: Kate Harrell

Flood damaged round bales
Photo: Kate Harrell 

Flood damaged modules
Photo: Kate Harrell

Flood damaged module with sprouting, algae, and mold
Photo: Kate Harrell

Flood damaged module with sprouting, algae, and mold
Photo: Kate Harrell

Flood damaged module with mud and mushrooms growing
Photo: Kate Harrell

  As always, feel free to give me a call or send me an email if you have any questions or concerns.


Kate Harrell

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Cotton and Grain Risk Management Workshop

Cotton, grain risk management workshop October 19th at Wharton Fairgrounds

Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

A cotton and grain risk management marketing workshop is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 19 at the Wharton County Fairgrounds in Crescent, Texas.  The Wharton County Fairgrounds is located at 6036 FM 961 Rd. Registration begins at 8 a.m.  First presentation at 8:15 a.m

The workshop is sponsored by the Wharton County AgriLife Extension Office and the Wharton County Row Crops Committee.

“This is an excellent opportunity to be briefed on the need for budgeting, crop insurance choices, outlook and making marketing plans for the next crop year,” said Mac Young, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist, Corpus Christi.

The following is a schedule of speakers and topics:

–       Budgeting decision tools: Determining break-even and costs of production, Young.

–       U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency Update, Francie Tolle, regional office director, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

–       2018 Crop Insurance Choices, Tom Kelly, Wiese Crop Insurance.

–       Crop Insurance Decision Tool, Dr. Steven Klose, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station.

–       Developing a Management Plan: Incorporating Insurance into Production and Farm Plan, Dr. Mark Welch,   AgriLife Extension grain marketing economist, College Station.

–       Cotton Outlook, Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension cotton marketing economist, College Station.

–       Grain Outlook, Marketing Tools and Strategies, Welch.

The workshop will conclude at 2:00 p.m. 

Please RSVP by calling Stacey at 979-532-3310 by 12 noon on Wednesday, October 18th.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ag Producer Disaster Recovery Program

October 5, 2017 – Ag Producer Disaster Recovery Program to be held in Wharton

By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent
Wharton County

On Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., USDA and the Wharton County Office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will be holding a Disaster Recovery Program.  The program will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Wharton County Fairgrounds, in the Directors Room.  Agriculture Producers affected by Hurricane Harvey will want to attend this program to learn about available disaster assistance for agriculture producers.  The program will begin with Mr. David Daniels, Natural Resource Manager discussing disaster assistance programs available through the Natural Resource Conservation Service.  Mr. Chase Tyndell, County Executive Director with the Farm Services Agency will cover disaster assistance programs available through USDA-FSA.  Gail Hoskins, Farm Loan Manager will follow with information on the USDA Farm Loan Program.  Applications and an overview of other types  of disaster assistance available through Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers, Texas Farm Bureau, and the Texas Department of Agriculture will be made available.  To conclude the program, Dr. Joe Paschal, Extension Livestock Specialist will address management of cattle and storm damaged forages.  If you will be attending the County Extension Offices asks that you contact us by 12 noon on October 5th  by contacting Stacey at 979-532-3310.  We just want to have an idea of how many participants to prepare handouts.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sugarcane Aphid Conference


  I hope everyone is recovering from Harvey well. Our extension office is involved in the Rebuild Texas initiative with the Governor's commission, so if you need information on debris cleanup, please check out this pdf.

  In more IPM related news, Dr. Bowling shared some information on the upcoming sugarcane aphid conference in Corpus Christi, which I have included below. I hope you will be able to attend. As always, let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Kate Harrell

Sugarcane Aphid Management Conference/ Webinar
The Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center in Corpus Christi, TX will be hosting a sugarcane aphid management conference/webinar on September 26, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
This conference will focus on summaries of sugarcane aphid research in south Texas over the past two years including:
  • Sampling
  • Threshold updates
  • Insecticide options
  • Hybrid tolerance
  • Updates on areawide management
Special Invited Guest & Speakers
Dr. Brent Bean, Director of Agronomy for the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, will present a sugarcane aphid impact brief across U.S. sorghum production regions. Additional speakers from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and Research will highlight local activities, in collaboration with United Sorghum, Texas Grain Sorghum Board, and the USDA ARS Areawide IPM Program.
How to Attend
You can attend the conference at 10345 TX-44, Corpus Christi, or online via webinar. The link for the webinar is https://texasrangeclassroom.adobeconnect.com/coastalbend. Attendees need to type in their name in the guest field and Click on Enter the Room button.  
It is recommended to run a system check prior to participating in the meeting by accessing the following link  https://na3cps.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm to check the system. It is important to pass Steps 1 thru 3.
Contact your local county extension office or Robert Bowling (Robert.bowling@ag.tamu.edu) or Roxanne Peeples (Roxanne.peeples@ag.tamu.edu) at (361) 265-9201 for more details.

Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center Corpus Christ location
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Or access the following link for directions:

South Texas Sugarcane Aphid Management Conference/Webinar
Texas A&M Agrilife Research and Extension Center – Corpus Christi, TX
September 26, 2017
  • Lunch for those interested in a round table discussion/review of projects
  • After lunch session with A&M personnel only.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017



  Harvest has been going on great in the upper gulf coast. I've seen and heard about good corn, milo, and cotton yields this year. We've had a few disagreements with the weather and its behavior lately, but otherwise it’s been going well.

  I've been seeing whiteflies in some of our later planted cotton. As everything is being defoliated or drying down, these insects are moving into the areas that are still green. Whiteflies reproduce rapidly, they reach reproductive maturity in about 15 days, and the adults live and reproduce for 2-3 weeks. The adults are small white, flying insects, while the nymphs look more like scale insects. The first stage nymph is called a crawler and is the only mobile stage of the immature whitefly. After the nymph molts the first time, it will remain feeding in the same place, and look much like a scale insect.
Whitefly Adults and Large Nymphs
Photo from Cotton Bugs

Whitefly Adults
Photo: Kate Harrell

Whitefly Nymphs
Photo: Kate Harrell
  The main concern with these insects is the honeydew they produce. The honeydew can drip into the cotton lint and cause sticky cotton, leading to issues with ginning, staining, and reducing lint quality. Heavy honeydew also fosters the growth of mold, which can cause problems with defoliation as well as staining lint.

  If you're only a few days from defoliating and are seeing adults and 20-30 large nymphs per leaf, defoliating soon should be a suitable solution, but keep an eye out for new populations on regrowth.

  If you have more than 20-30 adults and large nymphs present, and have eggs and smaller nymphs as well, you may need to consider treatment options. When the populations of these insects get really high, they become much more difficult to control. 

  Current treatment recommendations include:

  • Acetamaprid (intruder or generic) at 2.3 oz/acre
  • Sivanto at 10.5- 14 fl oz/acre
  • Oberon at 8-16 oz/acre
  • Centric at 2.5 oz/acre, but this is the weakest treatment option

  As always, give me a call or send me an email or text if you have questions or concerns. Have a good week and good luck harvesting, everyone!

For more information on whiteflies, check out:

Monday, August 7, 2017

Defoliation Field Day Cancelled


Due to the weather, the Cotton Defoliation Field Day has been cancelled. We held out as long as we could and it was dry until 10 minutes ago. So, the Field Day that was scheduled for today at 1:00 p.m. has been cancelled.


Friday, August 4, 2017

Defoliation Field Day

Monday, August 7th - Cotton Defoliation Field Day
By Corrie Bowen
County Extension Agent – Wharton County

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in Wharton Counties will be hosting a cotton defoliation in Wharton on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 1:00 p.m..  A replicated research plot was sprayed on July 28th in Wharton  that has both one-shot and follow-up treatments to compare to commonly used combinations.  Viewing and evaluating this plot will give producers an idea of what to expect regarding leaf drop and opening of bolls this year.  Dr. Gaylon Morgan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension State Cotton Specialist, will be available to discuss the performance of the thirteen defoliation treatments being evaluated.  There is no charge to attend the field day.  One (1) General CEU will be offered for Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide License Holders.  The Wharton County cotton defoliation turn row meeting will be held from 1  p.m. to 2 p.m  on CR 428 in Wharton. From the Colorado River on Business 59 in Wharton, travel south west on Business 59 for 1.3 Miles.  Turn left onto CR 448, and immediately cross the railroad tracks.  After the railroad tracks, turn right.  Follow CR 448 for 1 mile.  Turn left on CR 428.  Go 8/10 of a mile and the defoliation plot will be on your left. A flyer with a map for the Wharton County Cotton Defoliation Field Day can be found by clicking on EVENTS at http://wharton.agrilfe.org.  For any questions about the Wharton Cotton Defoliation Field Day, contact Stacey at the Wharton County Extension Office at (979) 532-3310.