• Effect of Plant Nitrogen Status and Growth Regulators on Earliness, Effectiveness of Defoliants, and Yield of Upland Cotton

      Nelson, J. M.; Briggs, R. E.; Hart, G.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      A field study was conducted at the Maricopa Agricultural Center to determine the effect of nitrogen fertility level and growth regulators on earliness, yield of cotton, and effectiveness of defoliants. Nitrogen application rates of 80, 120 and 160 lbs N/A did not influence lint yields or the response of cotton to growth regulators. The growth regulator Piz tended to promote earliness but did not affect final yield. The defoliants tested achieved good leaf drop results independent of the plant nitrogen status. Petiole nitrate-N content at the time of defoliation (4 October) did not correlate well with the response of cotton to defoliation treatments.
    • Effects of Banded Phosphorus Fertilizer on Cotton

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Doerge, T. A.; Thacker, G. W.; Stedman, S. W.; Malcuit, J. E.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Four field experiments were established in 1988 in Arizona to evaluate the effects of banded phosphorus (P) fertilizers on cotton. 2 sites involved upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) and 2 sites with pima (G. barbadense L. var Pima S-6), with 1 of each located near Marana, AZ (Vinton Anthony sandy loam). A site with 1 of each kinds was also located near Coolidge, AZ (Mohall sandy loam). At the Marana studies, P was applied 6 inches directly below the zone of seed placement at the time of listing and at the Coolidge sites, P was applied 6 inches below and 2 inches to the side of the zone of seed placement after listing but before planting. In all cases, the P source was 10-34-0 at rates of 0, 30, and 65 lb. P₂O₅ acre⁻¹. At the Marana location, a treatment of banded 10-34-0 at 30 lb. P₂O₅ acre⁻¹ plus a foliar application of 10 lb. P₂O₅ acre⁻¹ (early bloom) as 10-34-0 was included in both the upland and the pima experiments. Plant measurements for plant height, flower numbers, node numbers, boll numbers, and nodes to first fruiting branch were taken to evaluate plant response throughout the season. Plant tissue samples were also taken for leaf petiole PO₄-P and leaf blade total P analysis. Lint yield measurements were also taken. No statistically significant (P < 0.05) differences were found among any of the treatments for any of the measured parameters, except in the petiole PO₄-P levels from the upland study at Coolidge on the second sampling date.
    • Effects of Date of Planting on the Lint Yield of Several Cotton Varieties Planted at Four Locations in Arizona, 1988

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Malcuit, J. E.; Howell, D. R.; Else, P.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Field experiments were carried out at 4 locations in Arizona to evaluate the effects of planting date on the lint yield of several varieties of cotton. One pima and eleven upland varieties were planted on 5 dates at 2 locations and 1 pima and nine upland varieties were planted on 5 dates at a third location. At a fourth location, 1 pima and 3 upland varieties were planted on 4 dates. General trends in lint yields indicate an advantage in yield potential from full- season type varieties, particularly when they are planted early. Full-season varieties, however, diminish rather quickly with regard to yield potential, when planting is delayed in comparison to varieties that are considered mid-or shorter-season varieties.
    • The Effects of Methyl Bromide Fumigants on Verticillium Wilt on Two Varieties of Short Staple Cotton, Safford Agricultural Center, 1988

      Clark, L. J.; Carpenter, E. W.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Methyl bromid/chloropicrin formulations were applied to strips in the verticillium nursery at the Safford Agricultural Center where two varieties of short staple cotton were subsequently planted. More robust plant growth and reduced incidence of disease were noted with some of the treatments. Yield increases over the check plots were also seen. A study of the residual effects of the treatments will be performed in 1989.
    • Effects of Oxygen Stress and Water Stress on Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) Seed Growth

      Lehle, F. R.; Zegeer, A. M.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      The effects of oxygen stress and water stress on cotton seed radicle growth was studied. High vigor Deltapine 90 seed were imbibed in individual test tubes at 28°C for 28 hours. Seed were then subjected for 2 hours at 28°C to either 1) oxygen stress imposed by N₂ gas, 2) water stress imposed by polyethylene glycol 6000 (0.8 gm mL water⁻¹), or 3) a combination of both 1) and 2). Following imposition of either oxygen stress or water stress, radicle growth stopped temporarily; growth resumed while either stress was still imposed but at a greatly reduced rate relative to the unstressed control. Cotton radicle growth was prevented however, in the presence of both oxygen and water stress. The prevention of growth was reversible, as growth resumed when both stresses were relieved.
    • The Effects of Soil Compaction from Different Sewage Sludge Application Methods on Cotton Growth and Yield

      Ottman, M. J.; Day, A. D.; Coates, W. E.; Solomon, M.; Pepper, I. L.; Taylor, B. B.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
    • Energy Consumption and Yields for Cotton Tillage Systems

      Rein, B. K.; Thacker, G. W.; Coates, W. E.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      The energy consumption of 2 alternative tillage systems for continuous cotton production in Arizona were compared to a conventional system. The tests were conducted at the University of Arizona Marana Agricultural Center. Results of the study in a Pima I clay loam soil showed the sundance treatment to have the lowest energy requirement of 39 Hp-hr /ac (73 kW-h/ha); the USM system had the second highest of 58 Hp-hr /ac (107 kW-h/ha). The conventional system required 67 Hp-hr /ac (124 kW- h/ha). Average yields for all 3 systems were not significantly different. A continuation of this study will be conducted to determine long-term effects on energy consumption, yields, and soil compaction.
    • Evaluation of PIX Multiple Application Treatments on Upland and Pima Cotton in Arizona, 1988

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Howell, D. R.; Farr, C. R.; Malcuit, J. E.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Four field experiments were conducted in Arizona in 1988 to evaluate the effects of various multiple application treatment combinations of PIX on the growth and development, as well as the lint yields of both upland and pima cotton. Plant height was significantly reduced (P ≤ 0.05) in some FIX treatments in comparison to the checks for short periods of time after the treatment applications. Those effects did not persist, nor did they translate into any significant positive differences among treatments in terms of lint yields for either of the upland or pima experiments.
    • Final Irrigation Timing of Upland and Pima Cotton

      Farr, C.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Irrigation termination trials were continued in 1988 to evaluate a newer, popular upland variety and pima S-6. Irrigation in the first week of September increased the yield of a May planting of DP 77, but not of two trials in 1988 with early April planting dates. A March planting of pima S-6 failed to respond to a 10 September irrigation on Coolidge sandy loam.
    • Growth Regulator Test on Upland Cotton at the Marana Agricultural Center, 1988

      Briggs, R. E.; Nelson, J. M.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      A field study was conducted at the Marana Agricultural Center to evaluate the effectiveness of growth regulators on Deltapine 90 cotton. The Pix treatment yielded significantly higher than the check and any of the other treatments.
    • Hormonal Changes in Relation to Cutout

      Guinn, G.; Brummett, D. L.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Experiments were conducted in 1987 and 1988 to determine whether hormonal changes may be involved in the decreases in growth and boll retention commonly referred to as cutout. Nitrogen deficiency decreased the auxin content and growth of fruiting branches. The auxin contents of fruiting branches, squares, and bolls decreased during the season as the plants entered cutout. ABA in bolls increased slightly, but the ABA content of squares and fruiting branches showed no consistent changes. The results indicate that decreases in auxin (IAA) may be involved in cutout.
    • The Influence of Sewage Sludge on Nitrogen Availability, Crop Growth, and Yield at Marana, 1988

      Ottman, M. J.; Day, A. D.; Pepper, I. L.; Taylor, B. B.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
    • Irrigation Frequency During Fruiting as a Yield Determinant in Upland Cotton

      Radin, J. W.; Mauney, J. R.; French, O. F.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      When cotton is irrigated at long intervals, the root systems become less effective at absorbing water during heavy fruiting, even when the soil is moist. That ineffectiveness, if not counteracted by frequent watering can exaggerate water stress responses during fruiting and promote early cutout. Deltapine 90 cotton was grown at the Maricopa Agricultural Center in 1988 and watered either by daily drip irrigation or by level -basin flooding. In the flood-irrigated plots, various schedules for applying water during fruiting were compared with minimal differences in total water applied. The check treatment (9 postplant irrigations) yielded approximately 2 bales of lint per acre. Small supplemental irrigations on 13 July and 22 July, splitting the normal irrigation cycles, increased yield 45% for only 6% more applied water. Daily drip irrigation in the trials increased yield 63% above the check on 1% more applied water over the season. The results show that flood- irrigated yields can approach drip-irrigated yields without excessive water use, if the irrigation cycle is shortened during fruiting.
    • Late Season Boll Weevil Infestations and Survival in a Cotton Bolls in Arizona

      Henneberry, T. J.; Meng T. Jr.; Bariola, L. A.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Studies were conducted in Phoenix AZ, to determine the development of boll weevil, Anthonomus grandis Boheman, infestations in late - season cotton bolls, the pattern of boll weevil emergence, and survival /mortality in the bolls. Boll weevils emerged from bolls buried in moist vermiculite over a period of 232 to 239 days, from 29 January to 2 August. Higher percentages of emergence and lowest mortality in bolls occurred in bolls collected in November as compared to bolls collected in December. Few boll weevils emerged from bolls held under dry conditions in an outdoor insectary for 174 days. However, an average of 16% of the weevils were found alive in the dry bolls in late May.
    • Management of Rootknot Nematode in Arizona Cotton

      Nigh, E. L. Jr.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
    • Nematocide Treatment of Upland and Pima Cotton

      Farr, C.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      The loss of dying pima cotton after a rainfall in August 1987 made apparent the different responses pima and upland cottons have to stress. A trial compairing pima S-5 and DP 77 found more response of pima to treatment of rootknot nematodes with 1,3-Dichloropropene than the upland variety. A second trial found more response of DP 77 to 1,3-Dichloropropene treatment than from fenamiphos injection on sandy loam.
    • On Farm Cotton Irrigation Scheduling Management Using Infrared Thermometers in Arizona

      Garrot, D. J. Jr.; Fangmeier, D. D.; Husman, S. H.; Stedman, S.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
    • Outlook on Cotton Markets and Marketing for 1989

      Firch, R. S.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
    • Phosphate Sorption of Several Arizona Soils

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Gardner, B. R.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Phosphate (P) adsorption of 6 agriculturally- important Arizona soils was studied by use of adsorption isotherm experiments and with conventional Langmuir and Freundlich adsorption models. Adsorption experiments were conducted at 25°C where each soil was placed in a 10:1 (solution:soil) ratio using 0.01M CaCl₂ as a background solution. Each soil was subjected to 4 levels of inorganic P addition using Ca(H₂PO₄)₂H₂O as the P source. Use of the Langmuir model was significant in all cases (P ≤ 0.05) with r² values ranging from 0.93 to 0.99. Capacity parameter estimates obtained from the models indicated P adsorption potentials of up to 357 lb. acre⁻¹ (818 lb. P₂0₅ acre⁻¹) for the soils studied. Application of the Freundlich model revealed r² values of 0.88 to 0.99 with all models proving to be significant (P ≤ 0.05).
    • Pima Cotton Genetics

      Percy, R. G.; Turcotte, E. L.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Seed increase of 104 accessions and data collection on 65 accessions were obtained in 1988 to further the maintenance and evaluation of the Gossypium barbadense L. germplasm collection. In a program of conversion of tropical non flowering cottons to a day-neutral flowering habit, 63 accessions were advanced 1 generation by backcross. A systematic screening of the G. barbadense collection for bacterial blight resistance involving 200 accessions from 21 countries yielded 8 accessions resistant to races 1, 2, 7, and 18 of the pathogen. Genetic inheritance and linkage investigations of a male sterile and a foliar mutant progressed. An investigation of the geographic and taxonomic distribution of the ovate leaf trait was concluded with negative results. The frequency of the 2 mutant genes ov₁ and ov₂ proved to be too rare to yield meaningful taxonomic or geographic information about the species. Preliminary results from a performance evaluation of interspecific hybrid cottons conducted at Maricopa and Safford AZ, indicated strong environmental influences on hybrids, but generally favorable yield earliness and plant height data were obtained from the higher -elevation Safford location.