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You will see a listing for the North Carolina Cotton Facebook Group page under links. The purpose of this group is to serve as a place where growers, researchers, consultants, ag industry personnel and extension personnel can interact and discuss the crop as problems or successes occur. Feel free to pose questions and/or post pictures on this site. Click on the picture to go to North Carolina Cotton Facebook group.  

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Cotton Information

The information relayed on the blog below is meant to be timely information about managing the cotton crop in-season. For strategic planning of cotton production the 2014 Cotton Information publication contains information on all aspects of cotton production. Hard copies can be obtained from you local county extension office. The contents can be viewed on line by clicking on the image here. This book is published annually by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and partially funded by the North Carolina Producers Association.

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We often use percentage open bolls or nodes above cracked boll to determine when to defoliate cotton. With either technique, it is a good idea to cut some of the younger bolls to ensure that the crop is mature and ready to defoliate. These bolls are first position bolls from the same plant. The youngest boll on the left was at the top of the plant and the others were one node below each other down the plant.  The bolls on the left are not mature. Defoliation of these bolls would result in reduced yields and reduced micronaire. The bolls labeled 5 and 6 are mature and defoliation would not result in reduced yields. If you youngest bolls in a field were similar to the boll labeled number 4 you would probably not reduce yields by defoliating the field. Notice that the more mature bolls on the have a seed coat that is turning dark and easy to distinguish. The cotyledons in the middle of the seed are firm and well-formed.

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Duplin County – Cotton Defoliation popular

Some good cotton defoliation advice from Curtis D. Fountain, Duplin County Agricultural Extension Agent – Field Crops Overview Much of the 2014 Duplin Co. 7,537 acres cotton crop is planted on sandy soils.  MORE »

Bollworms in Bt Cotton

We are between flights right now (click here and select “corn earworm” on the right), having experienced our major bollworm (aka corn earworm) flight during the first week of August.  Most of the MORE »

Bertie County Agricultural Research Tour

Bertie County Agricultural Research Tour Where: Peanut Belt Research Station in Lewiston, NC When: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, Registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. and field tour starts at 9:00 a.m. Field Tour Agenda MORE »

Resistant Fall Armyworm Has Shown Up Early

Last year I reported that Cry1F resistant fall armyworm was present in North Carolina (article here).  These insects can easily survive on corn with the Herculex, and Optimum Intrasect traits, as well as MORE » – from   Entomology

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16th Annual Touchstone Energy NC Cotton FestivalSat Nov 1 - Sat Nov 1, 2014 - ALL DAY Where:
Downtown Dunn, NC
— 2 weeks away
Beltwide Cotton ConferencesMon Jan 5 - Wed Jan 7, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel San Antonio, TX
— 2 months away
2015 NC Cotton Producers Annual Business & Board meetingWed Jan 14 - Wed Jan 14, 2015 - ALL DAY— 3 months away
Twenty-Sixth Annual Joint Commodity Conference Wed Jan 14 - Fri Jan 16, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center 4700 Emperor Blvd., I-40 at exit 282 (Page Rd) Durham, NC 27703
— 3 months away
Southern Southeastern Annual MeetingWed Jan 21 - Sat Jan 24, 2015 - ALL DAY Where:
Westin, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
— 3 months away
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