• Controlling Purple and Yellow Nutsedge with Postemergence Applications of EPTC

      Chernicky, J. P.; Heathman, E. S.; Rodgers, C.; Hamilton, K. C.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
    • PIX Multiple Application Evaluations in Arizona on Upland and Pima Cotton, 1989

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Malcuit, J. E.; Howell, D. R.; Farr, C. R.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
    • Cottonseed Treatment Evaluations in Arizona, 1989

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Malcuit, J. E.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
    • 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)
    • Potential Injury to Rotational Crops Following Single or Multiple Applications of Bladex to Cotton 3

      Chernicky, J. P.; Rodgers, C. A.; Heathman, E. S.; Hamilton, K. C.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
    • 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.
    • Gossyplure-baited Pink Bollworm Male Moth Trap Studies

      Chu, C. C.; Henneberry, T. J.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Gossyplure, the pink bollworm, Pectinophora gossvpiella (Saunders), sex pheromone is an excellent tool as a bait in traps for detection, survey, research and monitoring male moth populations. We studied the within - and between-seasonal changes of pink bollworm male moth catches in gossyplure-baited live traps installed in cotton fields each year from 1981 to 1988. Seasonal average number of male moths caught varied from 14/trap/night in 1982 to 148 /trap /night in 1981. Male moths caught/trap/night were highly correlated with the minimum air temperatures. The number of male moths caught from March to June were significantly correlated with those caught from July to August, indicating that early spring trapping can be used to identify potential problem fields.
    • Pima Cotton Improvement

      Turcotte, E. L.; Percy, R. G.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Five experimental strains, P67, P69, P71, P72, P73, and Pima S -6 were grown in Regional tests at eight locations in 1989. P69 averaged highest in mean yield across locations followed by P73, Pima S-6, P71, P67 and P72. The difference in mean yield between P69, the highest yielding entry, and Pima S-6 was 35 pounds of lint per acre. Pima S-6 was the latest maturing and tallest entry in the Regional test at Maricopa. Pima S-6 also showed less tolerance to heat stress than the experimental strains. The experimental strains had longer, stronger, finer, and more whitish fiber than Pima S-6.
    • Sweetpotato Whitefly Populations in Cotton Genotypes at Poston, Arizona in 1988

      Butler, G. D. Jr.; Henneberry, T. J.; Perkins, H. H. Jr.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Studies were conducted to identify potential sources of cotton germ plasm resistant to sweetpotato whitefly (SPW), Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius). Numbers of adult SPW sampled using black pan and vacuum methods showed reduced numbers of SPW on GC-EXP-7007 experimental variety vs. all other entries. However, numbers of SPW pupae on leaf samples in most cases were not different. Pima P-62 had the high numbers of SPW adults per blackpan sample, and highest number of pupae/leaf sample.
    • Nitrogen Management in Irrigated Cotton

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Clark, L. J.; Carpenter, E. W.; Malcuit, J. E.; Else, P. T.; Doerge, T. A.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Two field experiments were conducted in 1989 in Arizona to compare several methods of nitrogen (N) management in Upland and Pima cotton. Standard preplant, preplant plus sidedress, and use of soil and petiole analysis for NO₃⁻-N were the basic methods of N fertilization management compared. A nonfertilized check treatment also was included with the N management treatments, which were arranged in a randomized complete block design in each experiment. Preseason soil samples and a series of in- season petiole samples were taken for all treatments and analyzed for NO₃⁻-N. The concentrations of NO₃⁻-N in the petioles reflected the boll load obtained and the crop fruiting patterns as well as the N fertilization patterns in the respective treatments. Final lint yield analysis revealed distinct differences among the treatments imposed at the Maricopa location but no statistically significant differences at the Safford location.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Exogenous L- and D-Proline Does Not Reduce NaCl Inhibition of Radidle Growth of Germinating Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) Seeds

      Lehle, F. R.; Zegeer, A. M.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      The adaptive significance of proline (Pm) accumulation in cotton seeds can be assessed by determining if NaCl tolerance is influenced by changes in the Pm level of the seed. The objective of this study was to determine if exogenous L-Pro and D-Pro reduce NaCl inhibition of radicle growth of germinating cotton seeds. Seeds were imbibed for 24 h at 32°C before transfer to agar medium containing either Pro, NaCl or mixtures of both. Results indicate that exogenous Pro increases the Pro contents of cotton seed radicles and cotyledons to a similar extent. Such increases are independent of whether L- or D-Pro is fed exogenously. Results also show that exogenous Pro does not significantly reduce NaCl inhibition of radicle growth in germinating cotton seeds. .
    • Evaluation of Date of Planting and Irrigation Termination on the Yield of Upland and Pima Cotton

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Watson, T. F.; Terry, L. I.; Malcuit, J. E.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      Three field experiments were conducted in 1989 in Arizona to evaluate the response of Upland and Pima cotton to two dates of planting and two dates of irrigation termination. Planting dates ranged from as early as 22 February in the Yuma Valley (150 ft. elevation) to 4 May at Marana (2,000 ft. elevation). Dates of irrigation termination ranged from 27 July in the Yuma Valley to 8 September at Maricopa and Marana. Based upon the final lint yield, planting date provided a significant main effect within two of the three experimental locations (Yuma Valley and Marana). At the Maricopa location, there was a significant effect on yield due to date of irrigation termination with both 30-inch- and 40-inch-row Upland cotton experiments, resulting in differences of 167 and 157 lbs. lint /acre, respectively, by extending two irrigations (approximately 12 acre inches) past 10 August to 8 September. The Pima experiment at Maricopa was similar with a significant (P <0.05) response to two additional irrigations (approximately 12 acre-inches) of 184 lbs. lint /acre. Return from additional lint yield must be considered against additional costs (water, insect control, etc.), as well as possible quality losses from insect infestations.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Pima Gotton Genetics

      Percy, R. G.; Turcotte, E. L.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Bantlin, Marguerite (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1990)
      In an investigation of the genetic diversity and structure of Gossvpium barbadense L. it was determined that northwestern South America was the species' center of variability and probably the species' center of origin. Cultivars of the species were found to possess as much genetic variability as the center of variability. Cultivar variability was due in large part to introgression with G. hirsutum. Studies of interspecific hybrid performance revealed that development of G. barbadense parents could significantly affect the plant height, earliness, and yield of the resulting hybrids. Environment significantly affected hybrid performance and could enhance or obscure any beneficial effects of hybrid parent selection. A conversion program to convert photoperiodic short-day flowering tropical accessions to day neutrality continues. Preliminary results from inheritance and linkage studies of a male sterility factor and a foliar mutant indicate that both are single gene, recessive traits. No linkages between the male sterility factor and 21 marker traits were found.