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COTTON NEWS from Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. - February 3, 2017
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Friday, January 27, 2017       From Texas Row Crops Newsletter
by Josh McGinty, Gaylon Morgan, Peter Dotray

  In recent news, new auxin herbicides have received Section 3 approval
for use in XtendFlex (dicamba-tolerant) and Enlist (2,4-D tolerant)
cotton. Currently, two dicamba herbicides (XtendiMax™ with VaporGrip™
Technology and Engenia™) and one 2,4-D containing herbicide (Enlist Duo™
with Colex-D™ Technology). At the time of this writing, XtendiMax with
VaporGrip Technology and Engenia have received approval for use in Texas.
It is anticipated that Enlist Duo with Colex-D Technology will receive
state approval in the near future.
  The ability to use these herbicides will certainly provide additional
options for managing troublesome glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth and
common waterhemp, but will also present some challenges with regard to
off-target movement of these herbicides. As you may be aware, there was
significant misuse of dicamba in portions of the Midsouth in 2016,
resulting in widespread damage to non-tolerant soybeans. These problems
were due in large part to improper (and illegal) applications of dicamba
formulations not labelled for use in these crops. To avoid these issues in
Texas, it will be critical to only use the approved herbicides (XtendiMax
with VaporGrip Technology and Engenia for XtendFlex cotton, and Enlist Duo
with Colex-D Technology for Enlist cotton), and to diligently follow the
label application requirements. What follows in Table 1 are important
application requirements for these herbicides. Please note that these are
application requirements, not recommendations, and it is expected that
applicators fully read and follow them as outlined on the product label.

Know Your Surroundings
  With the many different herbicide tolerant traits on the market in 2017
and labeled herbicides, the potential for off-target movement and
self-inflicted damage is much increased. The Flag-the-Technology concept
(publication and mobile app) has been developed to address this issue. The
publication can be found at
http://publications.tamu.edu/WEEDS_HERBICIDES/FlagTheTechnology.pdf, while
the mobile app can be downloaded from iTunes and Google Play. The
Hit-the-Target crop registry will soon be available as well, which will
help producers identify the proximity to susceptible and sensitive crops.

Sprayer Cleanout
  Due to extreme sensitivity of many crops to these herbicides, thorough
sprayer system cleanout procedures will be necessary after the use of
these auxin herbicides before moving to other crops. The labels of all
three of these herbicides will outline an extensive sprayer cleanout
protocol. Be sure to read and follow these cleanout procedures fully if
the sprayer will be used for non-tolerant crops.

  For more information on weed management in cotton, visit:

  (PCG EDITOR'S NOTE: Useful tables are available and can be found with
this article online at
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  February 5-7 – Southwest Ag Issues Summit, Worthington Hotel, Fort
Worth. Register and get more information at http://www.agissuessummit.com.
  February 7 – Hale/Swisher Crops Conference – Ollie Liner Center,
Plainview. CEUs offered. More information: Jason Miller, Hale County
Extension Agent-Ag, 806-291-5267.
  February 15 – High Plains Irrigation Conference, North Exhibit Hall,
Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan St. Registration 8 a.m., program
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost $30, lunch included. CEUs offered. More
information: http://taia.org/HPIC_2017.html.
  February 21 – Cotton Conference, Hereford. More information: Rick
Auckerman, County Extension Agent-Ag, 806-364-3573.
  February 22 – Sandyland Crops Conference, Seminole. More information:
Terry Millican, County Extension Agent-Ag, 432-758-4006.

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                    CCI IDENTIFIES U.S. COTTON

January 2017             From Cotton Council International

  CCI staff met with brands, retailers and manufacturers using U.S.
cotton in Bogota, Colombia. CCI also visited a shopping mall in Bogota to
scout local and global brands' stores in Colombia and identify potential
opportunities for COTTON USA.
  The following day, CCI met with its new regional advertising agency to
finalize its regional trade and consumer communications plans for 2017.
CCI's strategic plans in Colombia are part of a comprehensive market
development plan that enhances U.S. exports, increases U.S. farm income
and expands U.S. jobs. All COTTON USA programs are the result of detailed
market assessments, strategic program development and ongoing evaluations.
CCI's trade and consumer communications plans in Colombia are funded in
part by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Market Access Program and
Foreign Market Development funding.

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