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Early-season Considerations for Cotton Growers

April 18, 2017

As spring gets underway, so does the cotton planting season in key cotton-growing states. In a recent Cotton Farming magazine article, experts from across the Southeast, Arizona, and Texas weighed in on early-season planting considerations and disease and pest management programs.

Sustained warm weather across many growing regions has led some growers to begin planting, but others have held off due to cool temperatures at night. Beyond soil temperature, there are other risks to consider when planting, including disease pressure and pests.

Cool soil temperatures result in slow germination and increased susceptibility to seedling diseases caused by soil-borne fungi. Pathogens such as Rhizoctonia may cause seedling diseases.

For excellent Rhizoctonia control, Syngenta recommends using Avicta® Elite Cotton Plus with Vibrance® seed treatment to protect against disease pressures early in the season. Post-emergence, turn to Quadris® fungicide to control leaf spot, blight, and other diseases.

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