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Cotton Specialists Corner
Extension Cotton Specialists
Extension Cotton Specialists from across the U.S. weigh in on a variety of topics that impact cotton producers, consultants, and the industry as a whole.
Nov 16, 2023
Episode 33: Looking Back Over 50+ Years of Cotton Insect Management
Cotton Entomologists Ron Smith and Scott Graham join host Steve Brown to discuss some of the most critical events and challenges of managing cotton insects over the past 50 years or so. Ron is Professor Emeritus and Scott is an Assistant Professor; both serve the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University.
Oct 12, 2023
Episode 32: Cotton Marketing Methods and Considerations
Ag Economists O.A. Cleveland, John Robinson and Don Shurley share their thoughts about the HOW-to's of marketing cotton. Cleveland and Shurley are Professors Emeritus of their respective institutions, Mississippi State University and the University of Georgia, and Robinson is Professor and Extension Specialist for cotton marketing in the Ag Economics Department at Texas A&M. They join host Steve Brown, Extension Cotton Agronomist, Auburn University in a discussion of different methods and means available to growers for selling cotton.
Sep 1, 2023
Episode 31: Crop Update, Preparing for Harvest
Extension Cotton Specialists and Agronomists from across the U.S. Cotton Belt talk about their 2023 crop and provide tips and recommendations for harvest aid applications and other preparations for cotton harvest. Speakers include Keith Edmisten, NC State, Brian Pieralisi, Mississippi State, Tyson Raper, University of Tennessee, Jourdan Bell, Texas A&M, and host Steve Brown, Auburn University.
Aug 23, 2023
Episode 30: Herbicide Resistance -- How We Got Here, Where We're Headed
Eminent Weed Scientists Stanley Culpepper, University of Georgia, and Larry Steckel, University of Tennessee, join host Steve Brown, Auburn University, in discussing herbicide resistance in cotton. These scientists have had a front row seat in dealing with herbicide resistance in the field, in professional Weed Science circles and before regulatory bodies.
Jul 18, 2023
Episode 29: Revisiting ThryvOn -- Focus on Plant Bugs
Entomologists Scott Graham, Auburn University, and Ben Thrash, University of Arkansas, along with Agronomists Tyson Raper, University of Tennessee, and host Steve Brown discuss the challenges and opportunities of the ThryvOn technology for plant bug management. Plant bug pressure has been significant across most of the South and in some areas, numbers are higher than we have ever seen. 2023 is the first year for most growers to see ThryvOn in large acreages.
Jul 8, 2023
Episode 28. Thinking about PGRs -- Differences and Similarities across the US Cotton Belt
Agronomists Keith Edmisten, NC State, Camp Hand, UGA, Brian Pieralisi, and Randy Norton, Univ of Arizona, join host Steve Brown, Auburn Univ, to talk about the use of PGRs (mepiquat, etc.) in cotton. It is interesting to hear the different approaches to growth management and similarities of thought about PGR use.
May 12, 2023
Episode 27: New "Microbial" Products in Cotton
Extension scientists Brian Pieralis (Mississippi State) , Brian Arnall (Oklahoma State), Hunter Frame (Virginia Tech) and host Steve Brown (Auburn) discuss new "microbial" products that offer potential to enhance nutrient uptake and efficiency and possibly stress tolerance in cotton and other crops. This realm of study and development represents new possibilities for agriculture.
Apr 17, 2023
Episode 26 -- Final Considerations for Planting
This discussion represents final comments as we approach the 2023 planting season. Speakers include Keith Edmisten (NC State), Tyson Raper (University of Tennessee), Jourdan Bell and Reagan Noland in West Texas (Texas A&M) and host Steve Brown (Auburn University).
Apr 5, 2023
Episode 25 -- Cotton Seed Quality
Extension Cotton Specialists Guy Collins, NC State University , and Camp Hand, University of Georgia, join Steve Brown, Auburn University, in a discussion about seed quality issues and recent Beltwide studies focusing on the issue. They talk about warm and cool germ data and other possible predictors of seed quality and stand establishment. They strongly encourage grower awareness about warm/cool germ of purchased seed and talk about how to apply that information in planting decisions. The goal of all in the cotton industry is to have planting seed of the best quality possible.
Mar 15, 2023
Episode 24 - Thoughts about ThryvOn Cotton
This discussion includes comments from Extension Entomologists Ben Thrash (University of Arkansas) and Scott Graham (Auburn University) and Extension Cotton Specialist Tyson Raper (University of Tennessee). The session is hosted by Steve Brown (Auburn).
Mar 7, 2023
Episode 23 - Thoughts about Cotton Variety Selection -- Mid-South Perspective
This discussion of the process of cotton variety selection includes comments from Brian Pieralisi from Mississippi State and Matt Foster from LSU, hosted by Steve Brown, Auburn University.
Mar 4, 2023
Episode 22 - Thoughts about Cotton Variety Selection -- Western Perspective
Randy Norton (Arizona) and Ben McKnight (Texas A&M) share thoughts about variety selection. Hosted by Steve Brown (Auburn).
Mar 4, 2023
Episode 21 - Thoughts about Cotton Variety Selection -- Eastern U.S.
This episode includes a discussion of Cotton Specialist from the Eastern U.S. about Variety Selection. Hunter Frame (Virginia Tech), Keith Edmisten (NC State), Camp Hand (UGA), Tyler Sandlin (Auburn, hosted by Steve Brown (Auburn).
Jun 22, 2022
Episode 20 - Managing PGRs in Fields with Various Growth Stages
Guy Collins, Tyson Raper, and Bradley Wilson discuss current crop conditions and how to address and manage PGR applications in fields containing cotton of varying growth stages.
May 23, 2022
Episode 19 - Cover Crops in the Midsouth (Part 2)
Brian Pieralisi, Tyson Raper, Bill Robertson, and Bradley Wilson discuss the management of cotton in a cover crop system, how fertility, irrigation, and other inputs are impacted, considerations for adopting cover crops.
May 16, 2022
Episode 18 - Cover Crops in the Midsouth (Part 1)
Brian Pieralisi, Tyson Raper, Bill Robertson, and Bradley Wilson provide an overview of cover crops and their management, and considerations for cotton planting in a cover crop system in the midsouth.
May 2, 2022
Episode 17 - Cover Crops in the Southeast (Part 2)
Steve Brown, Keith Edmisten, Hunter Frame, and Camp Hand discuss in-season management of cotton in a cover crop system and benefits and limitations that accompany or impact the use of cover crops in the southeast.
Apr 25, 2022
Episode 16 - Cover Crops in the Southeast (Part 1)
Steve Brown, Keith Edmisten, Hunter Frame, and Camp Hand discuss the management of cover crops in the southeast and considerations for planting cotton in a system using cover crops.
Apr 4, 2022
Episode 15 - Looking Back at 2021 and Ahead to 2022
Camp Hand, Ben McKnight, Brian Pieralisi, and Tyson Raper review 2021 and discuss considerations for 2022.
Dec 20, 2021
Episode 14 - Using and Interpreting Variety Trial Data
Bill Robertson, Camp Hand, and Tyson Raper different types of variety trials and how the data can be used by researchers and producers in the variety selection process.
Oct 25, 2021
Episode 13 - The Effects of Weathering
Steve Brown, Camp Hand, Brian Pieralisi, and Tyson Raper discuss the impact of weathering on cotton fiber.
Oct 11, 2021
Episode 12 - Late Season Variety Trends
Ben McKnight, Randy Norton, and Bill Robertson discuss trends their seeing in variety performance this year, agronomic characteristics of successful varieties, and methods for evaluating variety maturity category.
Sep 27, 2021
Episode 11 - Harvest Aids Part 2
Guy Collins, Matt Foster, and Tyler Sandlin discuss various harvest aid products, tanks mixes, and how to address late season crop issues through harvest aid product and rate selection.
Sep 13, 2021
Episode 10 - Harvest Aids Part 1
Steve Brown, Camp Hand, and Bill Robertson discuss methods for scheduling harvest aid applications and application strategies to optimize harvest aid performance.
Aug 30, 2021
Episode 9 - Fiber Quality
Keith Edmisten, Bob Hutmacher, and Tyson Raper give a general overview of fiber quality topics from their perspective regions, including current issues, improvements in quality parameters, and research they've conducted on fiber quality.
Aug 16, 2021
Episode 8 - Southwest Update
Randy Norton, Ben McKnight, and Murilo Maeda provide updates from their areas on the 2021 cotton season so far, and their outlook as harvest approaches.
Jul 19, 2021
Episode 7 - Variety characteristics and other mid-season tips
Stu Duncan, Keith Edmisten, and Brian Pieralisi discuss characteristics they look for in varieties mid-season. They also cover the current condition of the crop in their respective states.
Jun 28, 2021
Episode 6 - PGR Strategies for 2021
Dr. Camp Hand, Dr. Bob Hutmacher, and Mr. Tyler Sandlin discuss the use of plant growth regulators in their respective states. Topics include typical recommendations, current issues that impact this year’s decisions, and trends they’ve seen in the use of PGRs.
Jun 13, 2021
Episode 5 - In-Season Nitrogen Applications
Dr. Steve Brown, Dr. Hunter Frame, and Dr. Randy Norton discuss in-season nitrogen applications in cotton. Topics include methods of application, scheduling applications, and potential issues with nitrogen fertility in cotton production.
May 31, 2021
Episode 4 - Mid-South Planting Update
Recorded May 26th, Dr. Matt Foster, Dr. Brian Pieralisi, Dr. Tyson Raper, and Dr. Bill Robertson give an update on planting conditions for the mid-south and discuss considerations moving forward.
May 23, 2021
Episode 3 - Thrips Pressure
Entomologist Dr. Scott Stewart discusses management of thrips and factors that influence thrips pressure.
May 10, 2021
Episode 2 - Replant Decisions
Dr. Guy Collins, Dr. Murilo Maeda, and Dr. Tyson Raper talk replanting issues, including scenarios where replants may be needed, factors to consider when replanting, and when to accept a thin stand.
Apr 27, 2021
Episode 1 - Planting Preparations
Discussions on planting preparations with Dr. Bill Robertson, Dr. Keith Edmisten, and Dr. Ben McKnight. Topics covered include seeding rate, planting date, planting considerations.
Apr 27, 2021
Cotton Specialists Corner - Trailer
Seth Byrd and Tyson Raper give an overview of what will be covered in Cotton Specialists Corner, a podcast by the Cotton Specialists working group and other cotton experts from across the U.S.