• 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.
    • 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.
    • Pima Cotton Improvement

      Turcotte, E. L.; Percy, R. G.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Five experimental strains, P65, P67, P64 P69, P70, and pima S-6 were grown in 9 regional tests across the pima belt in 1988. Mean yields from the 9 locations showed that P67 averaged highest in yield followed by P69, P70, P65, P68 and pima S-6 respectively. The difference in mean yield between P67, the highest yielding entry, and pima S-6 was 82 pounds of lint per acre. Pima S-6 was the latest maturing and tallest entry in the regional test at Maricopa. The 5 experimental strains had longer, finer, and whiter fiber than pima S-6.
    • 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.
    • Response of Pima Cotton to Zinc Fertilization in Pima County, 1988

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Thacker, G.; Doerge, T. A.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      A single field experiment was conducted near Marana, AZ, in 1988 to evaluate the effects of both soil - and foliar- applied zinc (Zn) fertilizers on the yield of pima cotton. The soil had a preseason level of 0.6 ppm Zn (DTPA extractable). Treatments included 10 lbs. Zn acre⁻¹ (as ZnSO₄) broadcast incorporated preplant, 0.5 lbs. Zn acre⁻¹ applied as a foliar treatment at early bloom, and a treatment consisting of both the soil and foliar Zn applications. Yield results revealed no differences among any of the treatments in comparison to one another, or the check treatment.
    • Earlier Timing Can Reduce Rainfall Losses

      Farr, C.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      The analysis of grades of upland cotton picked before and after a 29 October rainfall at Waddell in 1987 reveals significant financial losses for growers. Early harvesters in the area harvested over two thirds of the crop in October; over 98.0% of grades 21 and 31 were harvested before the rainfall. A Buckeye operation also accounted for a difference of $98.60 per acre between an early and a late harvested pima field the same season. The survey indicates that important losses can be reduced by a harvest begun 10 to 15 days earlier than mid- October.
    • Comparison of Three Irrigation Scheduling Methods and Evaluation of Irrigation Leaching Characteristics

      Scherer, T.; Slack, D.; Watson, J.; Fox, F.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Three methods were used to schedule irrigations on replicated plots at the Maricopa Ag Center using DPL 90 cotton. The three methods were: a soil water balance model based on historic consumptive use curves, a soil water balance model based on the Modified Penman Equation and daily weather (AZMET), and infrared thermometry using the C.W.S.I. A potassium-bromide conservative tracer was applied at selected sites in the plots to evaluate leaching characteristics. The irrigation scheduling test was duplicated at the Safford Experiment Station and is presented in another report. Results from the 1988 data indicate that there was no significant difference in yield between the 3 methods. There was a significant difference in water applied; the historic consumptive-use curves was the lowest and the Penman equation method was the highest.
    • Scheduling Pima Cotton Irrigations Using Infrared Thermometers

      Garrot, D. J. Jr.; Fangmeier, D. D.; Husman, S. H.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Plots of pima S-6 cotton were scheduled for irrigation using the Crop Water Stress Index (CWSI). Irrigations were applied when CWSI levels reached 0.08 (wet), 0.34 (medium), and 0.68 (dry) units. The medium treatment had significantly higher lint yield. Preliminary test results indicate the CWSI can be useful in irrigation-management decisions regarding pima cotton production.
    • 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.
    • Variety and Date-of-Planting Test

      Pegelow, E. J. Jr.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Three upland cotton varielies--Stoneville 506, Deltapine 20, and Deltapine 77--were planted on 4 dates in 1988 at the Maricopa Agricultural Center and observed for flowering boll opening and lint yield. Results from the 1988 studies and those from similar tests in 1985-1987 are being used to determine the relationship of accumulated heat units to the timing of key stages in crop development.
    • Defoliation Research on Pima Cotton at the Maricopa Agricultural Center in 1988

      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 evaluate the effectiveness of selected defoliation treatments on pima cotton. Defoliants were applied in October under relatively warm conditions. Treatments containing Dropp generally resulted in the highest leaf drop percentages (over 90 %). Def 6 treatments were ineffective in defoliating pima cotton.
    • 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.
    • 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)
    • Response of Texas Root Rot to an Application of a Soil Sterilant in Marana, 1988

      Thacker, Gary; Silvertooth, Jeff; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Methyl bromide/chloropicrin (MB/C), a soil sterilant, was deep injected into cotton beds 6 days before planting in 1988. Application rates were zero, 300, 400, and 500 pounds of MB/C per acre, injected 18-inches deep into the sandy loam soil. Short staple lint yields in all of the MB/C treatments were significantly higher than the untreated check. MB/C at all application rates was 100% effective in preventing the plants from dying from the disease, while 86% of the plants in the untreated check plots died.
    • Regional Variety Test

      Pegelow, E. J. Jr.; McAlister, A. C.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
    • Short Staple Variety Trial, Cochise County, 1988

      Clark, L. J.; Schwennesen, E.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Nine acala varieties were grown in the Cochise area of Cochise county. An experimental New Mexico variety B510 was the top yielder in the test, producing 1,287 pounds of lint per acre. The top variety in 1987, 1517-77BR, was next to the bottom in the 1988 test, probably due to low plant population. Variety characteristics such as plant height, wilt susceptibility, relative maturity and lint turnout are quantified in the study along with final plant populations and lint quality. Information on cotton variety strip trials implemented in the county is also given.
    • Current Use of Module Makers

      Farr, C.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Moduling of cotton has increased strongly since its introduction in 1973. The usage is different from gin to gin due to a variety of conditions. However, the addition of moduling has reduced the pressure on ginning capacity so that some growers can continue using trailers without slowing the speed of the harvest.
    • Cotton Variety Observation, Safford Agricultural Center 1988

      Clark, L. J.; Carpenter, E. W.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Isbell, Joan (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1989-03)
      Twenty-four short staple cotton varieties were compared in a strip trial on the Safford Agricultural Center, 15 of which were seen for the first time, 7 of which were acala varieties from New Mexico. Three varieties, BR 110, Delta Pine Experimental 7124-293, and Northrup King KNX111 (now KC 311) exceeded the yield of the standard variety DP 90 by 12.6 %, 8.1 %, and 4 %, respectively. Other new cultivars that performed well but didn't exceed the yield of the standard, were HYP 1211, HYP 274, and Acala 2745. The first 2 are hybrids supplied by Dr. Warner Fisher, the latter is an experimental acala from New Mexico State University. Per acre values were affected by lint value as well as lint yield per acre. Using a value of $0.65/lb for New Mexico acala and $0.56/lb for Delta Pine acala, Acala 2745 produced $975/ac compared with DP 90's $916/ac and BR 110's $1031/ac.
    • 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)
    • 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)