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  • Wes Wood - Chair, Approver


Using 2,4-D Choline Herbicide Products on 2,4-D-Tolerant Crops

Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

This publication provides specific information on herbicide options and application requirements on newer 2,4-D formulations. The publication also provides information on the safer use of newer low-volatility formulations of 2,4-D herbicide products on Enlist crops. Written by Pratap Devkota, Ethan Carter, and Hardeep Singh, and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, July 2022.
Released On: 07-18-2022

Know Your Pests When Trapping Soybean Looper in the Florida Panhandle

Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

Pheromone trapping is a common scouting method used in collaboration with integrated pest management. A major crop pest of many plant species, including Panhandle crops like peanut and cotton, is the soybean looper.  A soybean looper pheromone-trapping study performed in Panhandle commercial peanut and cotton fields also attracted other species with similar appearances, sometimes in high numbers. Misidentification would result in overestimation of soybean looper populations and likely unnecessary insecticide applications. The sharp stigma looper, due to its high seasonal abundance and flight pattern similar to that of the soybean looper, was most concerning. This insect is not a pest and can be discerned from the soybean looper easily through its wing markings, if someone knows what to look for, but if these harmless moths were unwittingly thought of as soybean loopers, it could greatly skew population numbers and prompt improper applications of pesticides.
Released On: 05-16-2022

Using Low-Volatility Dicamba in Dicamba-Tolerant Crops

Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

In December 2020, the herbicide labels for three products containing newer dicamba formulations (XtendiMax, Engenia, and Tavium) were updated. This publication is relevant to the growers and pesticide applicators who are applying newer, low-volatility formulations of dicamba herbicide products in DT crops. Written by P. Devkota and J. A. Ferrell, and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, revised March 2021.
Released On: 05-06-2021

Estimating Cotton Yield

Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

Preharvest estimation of cotton yield can help growers to determine their return on investment, assess weather-related damages, and adjust crop management. This publication outlines the steps to calculate a reliable estimate of cotton yield. Written by Michael J. Mulvaney, Emma Brooks, Pratap Devkota, Ethan Carter, De Broughton, Mark Mauldin, Joseph Iboyi, Mahesh Bashyal, David Wright, and Ian Small, and published by the UF/IFAS Agronomy Department, March 2021.
Released On: 05-04-2021

Terminating Cover Crops Effectively for Weed Suppression

Critical Issue: Agricultural and Food Systems

Released On: 03-08-2021