|Excessive heat could impact cotton bolls.|
“Cotton plants can grow three inches a day when it’s 100 degrees or more during the day,” field scout Damien Jelen says. “Growers have been treating their fields with plant growth regulators.”
Growers can experience production problems if their plants grow too much – which in industry parlance is called “excessive vegetative growth.” This condition can lead to delayed maturity, boll rot and problems during harvest. If the plants grow too tall, the open bolls would be out of the reach for the harvesters collect the fiber, Damien says. We’ll have to see how many more Hot August Days and Nights are in store the rest of this month.
|Worm counts are up in alfalfa fields.|
Meanwhile on the pest front, Damien says aphid and worm counts are on the upswing while lygus numbers are under control. He says some alfalfa growers are treating their fields for worms.
In almonds, the harvest continues to be off to a slow start, according to field scout Jenna Mayfield. Activity has been less than robust for this time of the year. Jenna anticipates tree shaking to pick up this week.