Two new webcasts that provide advice and tips on maximizing cotton quality from early growth stages through harvest have been added to the Focus on Cotton online webcast resource, developed by Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network.
In “Cotton Response to Stress,” Glen Ritchie, assistant professor at Texas Tech and Texas A&M Universities, provides key information on the effects of stress on cotton growth and yield, including how early season disease and insect pressure can decrease plant growth, the effects of stress on cotton vegetative and reproductive growth, the effects of stress on distribution of bolls on plants, and the effects of stress on cotton fiber quality.
This presentation should help consultants, growers and other practitioners learn more about general stress responses of cotton and which periods of growth are most susceptible to decreases on crop yield and quality.
In “Factors Contributing to Higher Cotton Leaf Grade Values” Gaylon Morgan, professor and Cotton Extension agronomist at Texas A&M University, discusses the factors contributing to higher leaf grade values in cotton and provides recommendations for minimizing cotton leaf grade values to help growers receive higher returns in the market.
The Focus on Cotton series contains nearly 30 webcasts on various aspects of cotton crop management, including agronomic practices, crop protection and ag engineering. The presentations are accessible online at any time.
The resource also features a newly improved Cotton Extension Search tool, where users can conveniently search for extension resources across all U.S. land-grant universities serving cotton producers.
Source – The Cotton Board