• The Effect on Yield of Cotton Due to Incidence and Severity of Black Root Rot Caused by Thielaviopsis Basicola

      Chapman, M. A.; Hine, R. B.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Incidence of Black Root Rot of cotton and soil inoculum potential of the causal agent Thielaviopsis basicola were monitored throughout the season in two adjacent fields planted in mid April, 1987 in Duncan, Arizona. Mean inoculum potential in Field 1 soil was 65 cfu/g and 20 % of the seedlings were infected. In Field 2 the inoculum potential and percentage of infected plants were 225 cfu/g and 93, respectively. No cortical decay was noted after June 6 in either field. Yields were similar in both fields.
    • Effects of Irrigation Termination Date on a Medium Maturity Type Upland Cotton

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Malcuit, J. E.; Stedman, S. W.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      A single field experiment was conducted in 1989 on a grower cooperator field to evaluate the response of a medium maturity type Upland cotton (DPL-50) to three dates of irrigation termination. The crop was planted 20 April and managed uniformly in all respects until 2 August when the earliest irrigation termination treatment was imposed. The dates of the second and final irrigation terminations were 17 August and 1 September, respectively. With each subsequent irrigation, the respective plots received an additional six acre inches of water (approximately). Harvest results revealed no significant (P <0.05) differences in lint yield due to irrigation termination treatments. Overall mean lint yield for the experiment was 1,228 lbs. cotton lint/acre, the experimental coefficient of variation (CV) was 11% and the observed significance level (OSL) was 0.34.
    • Effect of Date of Planting and Irrigation Termination on Pink Bollworm Populations in Pima and Upland Cotton

      Terry, L. I.; Silvertooth, J. C.; Summers, C.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Field experiments conducted in 1989 comparing effects of planting date and irrigation termination date on pink bollworm in both in- season and overwintering infestations indicated different responses depending upon the location and type of cotton. Tests were located at: Yuma Agricultural Center; Marana Agricultural Center; and Maricopa Agricultural Center. Infestations at Yuma ranged from 0% at early flowering to 80% infested bolls prior to harvest. Marana had equally high infestations at the end of the season, while Maricopa had the lowest infestations ranging from 2% to 5% for Pima and 3 %-17% for Upland. Planting date or species of cotton did not affect early infestation. Data comparing plots for overwintering infestations are still being evaluated. Continuous insecticide treatments were made at all locations after squaring began.
    • Early-season Cotton Square Removal with Ethephon and Initiation of Pink Bollworm Infestations

      Henneberry, T. J.; Bariola, L. A.; Chu, C. C.; Meng, T. Jr.; Deeter, B.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Ethephon applied at rates of 0.50 or 0.75 lb AI/acre removed early-season squares and delayed initiation of pink bollworm, Pectinophora gossvpiella (Saunders) infestations and reduced the number of infested bolls on early-season fruiting branches, without affecting yield except for ethephon at 0.751b AI /acre at one location. Higher rates of application reduced yields. In most cases, ethephon treatments delayed flowering but plants compensated for removal of early- season squares and equalled or surpassed accumulated flowering of untreated control plants later in the season.
    • A Sensor System for Monitoring Cotton Water Status

      Fangmeier, D. D.; Husman, S. H.; Garrot, D. J. Jr.; Yitajew, M.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
    • Defolation of Pima Cotton, 1989

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Howell, D. R.; Thacker, G.; Stedman, S. W.; Winans, S. S.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Four field experiments were carried out in several representative cotton producing areas of Arizona to evaluate the effectiveness of a number of defoliation treatments on Pima cotton. Variable conditions were encountered among the experimental locations in 1989 for treatment comparisons. However, it appears that consistencies in the effectiveness of several treatments for Pima defoliation offer a better basis for recommendations across the state.
    • Upland and Pima Cotton Response to Banded Phophate Fertilization

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Malcuit, J. E.; Doerge, T. A.; Thacker, G. W.; Stedman, S. W.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Four field experiments were established in Arizona in 1988 and six in 1989 to evaluate the effects of banded phosphorus (P) fertilizer on cotton. Experiments each year involved both Upland (Gossvpium hirsutum L.) and American Pima (Q. barbadense L.). Banded applications of P fertilizer were made with placement of the concentrated band of fertilizer 6 in. below and 3 in. to the side of the zone of seed placement. Fertilizer sources of P₂O₅ were with 10-34-0 or 16-20-0. At all locations, a series of rates of applied P₂O₅ were established as the treatment variables, including a check (0 lb P₂O₅/acre). Rates of applied P ranged from 0 to 90 lb P₂O₅/acre, at increments of approximately 30 lb. P₂O₅/acre. In all cases, treatments in the field were arranged in a randomized complete block design with four replications. Plant measurements for plant height, flower numbers per unit area, number of mainstem nodes, and nodes to the first fndting branch were initiated by the fifth true leaf stage to evaluate plant response in terms of growth and development. Plant tissue samples were also taken at several stages of growth from each experiment throughout the growing season. Tissue samples consisted of petioles and leaf blades from the uppermost fully developed leaves. Petioles were analyzed for extractable PO₄-P and leaf blades for total P. Lint yield measurements also were taken. With the exception of one of the experimental locations in each year, no statistically significant differences (P≤0.05) were found among any treatments for any of the plant growth parameters. The same was true with regard to petiole PO₄-P and leaf blade total P levels measured. No significant differences among treatments were found for either Upland or Pima cotton with regard to lint yield in 1988 or 1989.
    • A Comparison of Three Cotton Tillage Systems

      Coates, W. E.; Thacker, G. W.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Two alternative tillage systems used significantly less energy than conventional tillage. The Sundance system used the least energy, averaging 35 horsepower-hours per acre (Hp-hr /ac), the Uprooter Shredder-Mulcher (USM) was intermediate at 50 Hp-hr /ac, and the conventional system used the most energy at 69 Hp-hr /ac. These energy savings translated directly into cost savings of about the same proportions. The USM and Sundance systems can plow down and prepare the next seedbed in about one-half the time that conventional tillage requires. In the two years of testing we could not measure any significant differences in cotton yield. So far, we have not found any significant differences in soil compaction.
    • Cotton Variety Trial, Mohave Valley, 1989

      Grumbles, R.; Malcuit, J.; Green, L.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Seven cotton varieties including Pima S -6 were demonstrated in Mohave Valley, Mohave County in 1989. Of the six upland varieties two were new varieties not previously demonstrated in this area. Trial results indicated DP77 at 1697 lbs. led other varieties by 109 lbs. of lint over DP90, 1590 lbs. and 287 lbs. over bottom variety STV115 at 1412 lbs. STV110 yielded 1482 lbs., DES 119 at 1429 lbs., DP50 at 1414 lbs. Pima S-6 yielded 950 lbs. The two new varieties STV110 and STV115 placed last and third on yield but when economic values were calculated based on grade and price they ranked third and fourth. The second attempt on Pima saw an increase in yield from 447 lbs., the previous year to 950 lbs. in current trial.
    • Interaction of Pima Cotton Defoliation and Crop Water Stress Index

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Stedman, S. W.; Tollefson, J.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      A single field experiment was conducted in 1989 to evaluate the relationship of crop water status on Pima cotton defoliation by use of a crop water stress index (CWSI) as estimated by infrared thermometry. The entire study area was given the last irrigation uniformly on 24 August, and 20 row plots were outlined for the arrangement of three treatments in a randomized complete block design with three replications. Treatments consisted of making defoliant chemical application at three different targeted CWSI levels (0.40, 0.60, and 0.85). All defoliant treatments consisted of Dropp plus Accelerate (0.4 lb. and 1.5 pt. of material/acre, respectively) applied with a ground rig applicator. Results indicated no distinct advantage in terms of percent defoliation as a function of lower CWSI levels at which defoliants were applied. The defoliations made at 0.40 CWSI did result in more regrowth after 14 and 21 days. It appears from this test that Pima plants will defoliate satisfactorily with proper chemical treatments up to CWSI levels of 0.80. Further desiccation of the crop results in very erratic CWSI readings, resulting in difficulties in applying this technique to defoliation management. It does appear, though, that Pima cotton defoliation can be accomplished when CWSI readings are between 0.5 and 0.8 without substantial regrowth problems, providing precipitation or irrigation events do not occur.
    • Effect of Harvest Date on Aflatoxin Contamination in the Yuma Valley

      Cotty, P. J.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Experiments were performed at the Yuma Valley Agricultural Center to determine how timely harvest of cotton may affect aflatoxin contamination of cottonseed As the cotton was held in the field between the final irrigation and harvest, the quantity of aflataxin in the crop increased. Significant reductions in aflatoxin contents of seed were realized by harvesting in early September.
    • Effect of Irrigation Termination Date on Defolation and Yield of Upland Cotton for Short-Season Production

      Nelson, J. M.; Briggs, R. E.; Hart, G.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      A field study was conducted at the Maricopa Agricultural Center to determine the influence of plant water stress on the effectiveness of defoliants and yield of short season cotton. Irrigation termination dates of 11, 18 and 24 August were used to achieve different levels of water stress at the time defoliants were applied (1 September). Irrigation termination dates had little effect on the response of cotton to defoliants. Def-6 at the lowest rate tested, 0.75 lbs a.i./A, was less effective in defoliating cotton with a 24 August irrigation termination date than cotton terminated earlier. Dropp resulted in higher defoliation percentages and 30% fewer unopened bolls at harvest than Def-6. Although the irrigation termination dates provided a range of CWSI values at the time of chemical termination, no clear relationship was found between CWSI values and defoliation percentages. Short season cotton (149 days) produced 3.2 bales of lint/A compared to 4.4 bales for a full-season crop (208 days).
    • Short and Long Staple Variety Trials, Greenlee County, 1989

      Clark, Lee. J.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Two short staple and one long staple variety trials were implemented in Greenlee County in 1989, with new varieties topping each trial. The most exciting new discovery was HS 46, which topped the competition in the short-staple trial by nearly 200 pounds of lint per acre. In the acala trial, the top four entries were composed of three New Mexico experimentals and Prema from the San Joaquin Valley. Any one of these acalas could become the new standard for the valley. P-69 in the long staple cotton trial yielded over 850 pounds of lint per acre and topped the S-6 yield by 25%. The testing program in Greenlee County is not only of benefit to the cotton producers and related agri-businesses in southeastern Arizona, but also to southwestern New Mexico.
    • Defoliation Research on Upland Cotton at the Maricopa Agricultural Center in 1989

      Nelson, J. M.; Briggs, R. E.; Hart, G.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      A field study was conducted at the Maricopa Agricultural Center to evaluate the effectiveness of experimental defoliants and adjuvants on DPL 90cotton. None of the defoliation treatments tested were effective in September when air temperatures were above 100° F. Several chemicals gave 80% or higher defoliation in early October when temperatures were in the low 90s. The experimental defoliant SN 597 NA218 appears to have promise as a late-season defoliant for DPL 90 cotton.
    • Effect of Plant Nitrogen Status on Effectiveness of Pix and Defoliants for Short-Season Cotton Production

      Nelson, J. M.; Briggs, R. E.; Hart, G.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      A field study was conducted at the Maricopa Agricultural Center to determine the effect of nitrogen fertility level on the effectiveness of PIX and defoliants for short- season - cotton production. Increasing the nitrogen fertility level from 90 lbs N/A to 240 lbs N/A increased lint yields from 2.23 to 3.14 bales/A, respectively, in a 157-day growing season. FIX treatments did not promote earliness, and resulted in yield reductions. Increasing the application rates of Dropp from 0.1 to 0.2 lbs a.i./A and Def-6 from 0.75 to 1.13 lbs a.i./A resulted in increases in leaf drop. There was a significant linear decrease in the effectiveness of defoliants as the petiole NO3 N content increased from 850 to 2450 ppm.
    • Effects of Date of Planting on the Yield of Four Cotton Varieties at Yuma, Arizona

      Malcuit, J. E.; Howell, D. R.; Silvertooth, J. C.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      A field experiment was conducted in Yuma, Arizona, to evaluate the effects of planting date on cotton yields. One Pima and the Upland cotton varieties were planted on four dates from 23 February to 5 April. DPL-90 produced the highest yield (1760 lbs lint acre⁻¹) at the second planting date (9 March). The lowest yields, for all varieties, resulted from the latest planting date (5 April). The greatest reductions in yield when comparing an early planting date to the latest planting date, were observed for DPL-90 and Pima S-6. However, in spite of the reduction in yield, DPL-90 was the highest yielding variety at the latest planting date.
    • Cotton Variety Trial, Safford Agricultural Center, 1989

      Clark, Lee J.; Carpenter, E. W.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Forty-nine, short- staple varieties and Pima S -6 were grown in a replicated trial on the Safford Agricultural Center in Graham County. Most of the varieties were commercially available in the Cotton Belt, however, a few experimental varieties from the New Mexico acalas and from Delta Pines were included. Weather conditions were favorable through most of the year and the cotton produced well. Fifteen varieties produced more than 4000 pounds of seed cotton per acre, with the highest yielding variety producing 4759 pounds per acre. Delta Pine 77 was the highest yielding commercial variety but it was topped by an experimental New Mexico acala.
    • Pima Cotton Irrigation Scheduling Using Infrared Thermometers and the Crop Water Stress Index

      Garrot, D. J. Jr.; Stedman, S.; Fangmeier, D. D.; Husman, S. H.; Benedict, B.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      The Crop Water Stress Index (CWSI) was used to schedule irrigations on Pima S-6 cotton on 12 four-acre furrow-irrigated test plots in Coolidge and 20 drip- irrigated test plots at the Campus Agricultural Center in Tucson. Scheduling irrigations between 0.30 and 0.50 CWSI units resulted in highest lint production and plant water use efficiency at both locations.
    • Short Staple Variety Trial, Cochise County, 1989

      Clark, Lee J.; Schwennesen, Eric; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      The old standar4 1517-75, was the best yielding variety in 1989, yielding over three bales of lintper acre. 1517-77BR, which yielded well in 1987 and then dropped off a bit in 1988, carne in second and an experimental, 6658 came in third. The touted New Mexico star, 1517-88 came in fourth followed closely by California's Prema. Eight of the 10 varieties tested yielded over 2.5 bales per acre. More than normal heat units coupled with good management practices brought the highest yields yet recorded in a University cotton variety trial in Cochise County.
    • A Study of PIX Rates across CaZa and Triggrr on Long and Short Staple Cotton, Safford Agricultural Center, 1989

      Clark, L. J.; Carpenter, E. W.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      An experiment was designed to test seven treatments of PIX on both short and long staple cotton. The treatments included single applications of 1/2- and 1-pint rates and multiple applications of 1/8- and 1/4-pint rates. Because of the exceptionally good growing season with lots of early heat units, both short- and long-staple plants set fruit early, which limited their vegetative growth naturally without the need for FIX. Yields were high with lint production over 1800 and 1400 pounds of lint for short and long staple, respectively. Plant mapping also was performed on each treatment.