• Defoliation of Pima and Upland Cotton at the Safford Agricultural Center, 1995

      Clark, L. J.; Carpenter, E. W.; Odom, P. N.; Silvertooth, Jeff (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      Twelve defoliation treatments were applied to Pima and upland cotton to compare the treatment effects on percent defoliation of the plants, percent first pick values, percent gin trash and any effects they might have on fiber qualities. All of the treatments were beneficial compared to the untreated check, but differences between treatments were small.
    • Defoliation Tests with Ginstar at the Maricopa Agricultural Center in 1995

      Nelson, J. M.; Hart, G. L.; Silvertooth, Jeff (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      Defoliation tests were conducted on upland cotton at the Maricopa Agricultural Center to evaluate rates of Ginstar and tank mixes of Ginstar with Def, Prep, and spray adjuvants. In September when temperatures were high, good defoliation was obtained 14 days after treatment using Ginstar at 0.094 lb. a. i./acre. As temperatures cooled in early October, a higher rate of Ginstar was necessary to achieve defoliation. Under very cool temperatures in late October and early November, the tank mix of Ginstar + Def generally improved defoliation over Ginstar used alone. Several adjuvants appeared to improve the effectiveness of Ginstar when temperatures were cool.
    • Development of a Yield Projection Technique for Arizona Cotton

      Norton, E. R.; Silvertooth, J. C.; Silvertooth, Jeff (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      A series of boll measurements were taken at several locations across the state in 1995 in an attempt to develop a yield prediction model. Measurements were taken out of two strip plot variety trials at the University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center and in the Coolidge area, and also out of two commercial fields in Buckeye and Paloma Ranch over a period of approximately 2 months from peak bloom through cut-out. Data analysis revealed a best fit model that included seedcotton yield as a function of boll count, boll size, boll diameter, and heat units accumulated after planting (HUAP). A series of open boll counts were also taken from over 120 experimental units across the state within one week of harvest. The data revealed strongest relationships between final open boll counts and yield.
    • Differential Tolerance of Cotton Cultivars to Prometryn

      Molin, William T.; Khan, Rehana A.; Pasquinelli, Michael; Galadima, Abraham; Silvertooth, Jeff (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      The tolerance of cotton cultivars to the herbicide prometryn was determined in greenhouse tests. Prometryn was applied preemergence from 0.3 to 12.0 lbs. a.i./A and postemergence from 1.2 to 12.0 lbs. a.i./A. Upland cultivars were very susceptible to injury from prometryn applied preemergence; whereas Pima S-6, Pima S-7, and Acala 1517-75 were tolerant. Postemergence treatments of prometryn applied two weeks after planting were less injurious to Upland cultivars than preemergence treatments, however, differential tolerance between, Pima and Upland cultivars was evident at the high rates of application.
    • Distribution and Genetic Variability of Whitefly-Transmitted Geminiviruses of Cotton

      Brown, J. K.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Department of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      Whitefly-transmitted geminiviruses (subgroup III, Geminiviridae) are emerging viral pathogens of cotton, worldwide. Virtually nothing is known about the genetic variability, biological characteristics, or the molecular epidemiology of these new virus pathogens of cotton. The core region (550bp) of the geminiviral coat protein gene was examined as a potentially informative molecular marker by which to identify and track the global distribution of WFT geminiviruses of cotton. This is an essential step toward assessing the risks that emerging viruses pose to cotton production efforts. Preliminary analyses of geminivirus isolates from North America, Central America and the Caribbean Basin, and Sudan indicate that the core region of the coat protein gene permits predictions about relationships between virus isolates from cotton, based on subgeographical and major geographical origins, and has potential for distinguishing between geminiviral quasi-species and virus strains, thereof Through these efforts, a database of geminivirus coat protein gene sequences has been established to permit identification of additional isolates from cotton, and to facilitate the tracking of WFT geminiviruses for molecular epidemiological and subsequent risk assessment objectives. Using the latter information, it will become possible to identify the most important geminiviruses against which disease resistance efforts should be directed. Further, the availability of a broad suite of cotton geminivirus isolates from both Eastern and Western Hemispheres will permit assessment of cotton germplasm and/or genetically engineered lines for virus-specific and/or broad spectrum disease resistance for the first time.
    • Effect of Norflurazon (Zorial Rapid 80®) Mixed with Pendimethalin (Prowl®) and Prometryn (Caparol®) on Cotton Stand Establishment and Yield

      McCloskey, William B.; Dixon, Gary L.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Department of Plant Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      The effect on cotton stand establishment and seed cotton yield of various rates of norflurazon applied in combination with pendimethalin or both pendimethalin and prometryn was determined in field studies conducted at the Maricopa Agricultural Center in 1994 and 1995 in a sandy loam soil. Cotton stand counts were highest when only pendimethalin was applied or when no herbicide was used. Tank mixing prometryn with pendimethalin did not significantly reduce plant populations. Tank mixing increasing amounts of norflurazon with pendimethalin resulted in decreasing plant populations in both the wet and the dry plant experiments. Tank mixing increasing rates of norflurazon with both pendimethalin and prometryn caused a similar decline in plant populations in both the wet and the dry plant experiments. The symptoms of dying cotton seedlings and the stand count data indicated that notflurazon was the component of the tank mixtures that caused seedling mortality. The effect of the herbicide treatments on seed cotton yields was much less than on stand counts, but the same trends discussed above were evident. However, at the label rate for norflurazon in coarse textured soils, 0.5 lb a. i./A, seed cotton yields were not significantly reduced. The smaller effect of the herbicide treatments on seed cotton yields was due to the bush type nature of DPL 5415 and increased growth of surviving plants when plant populations were reduced. The data indicates that yield losses were not significant unless plant populations were reduced below about 20,000 to 25,000 plants /A.
    • Effects of Combinations of Accelerate and Other Defoliants on Defoliation of Upland Cotton

      Nelson, J. M.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Maricopa Agricultural Center (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      Field studies were conducted on upland cotton at the Maricopa Agricultural Center to evaluate the effectiveness of Accelerate when used in combination with other defoliants. In a September test, good defoliation was obtained in seven days using Ginstar or Dropp + Def + Accelerate and in 14 days using Accelerate + Prep. In October, under cooler conditions, no treatment provided acceptable defoliation in 14 days. In both tests, Ginstar used alone resulted in higher leaf drop percentages than Ginstar + Accelerate.
    • Effects of Silverleaf Whiteflies on Sticky Cotton and Cotton Yields in Arizona

      Henneberry, T. J.; Forlow Jech, Lynn; Silvertooth, Jeff; USDA, ARS, Western Cotton Research Laboratory, Phoenix, Arizona 85040 -8830 (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      Silverleaf whitey, Bemisia argentifolii Bellows and Perring, adults and nymphs were significantly reduced season -long in cotton plots treated with fenpropathrin plus acephate on 3 occasions (15 July, 2 August and 29 August). Thermodetector sticky cotton ratings were significantly reduced in insecticide-treated plots compared with untreated plots. Heavy rains reduced cotton stickiness in all plots.
    • Evaluation of a Feedback Approach to Nitrogen and Pix Application

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Norton, E. R.; Silvertooth, Jeff (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      A single field experiment was conducted in 1995 at Maricopa, AZ to compare a scheduled approach (based on stage of growth) versus a feedback approach (based on vegetative status) to both nitrogen (N) and mepiquat chloride (PIX™) applications on Upland cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). PIX feedback treatments were based upon fruit retention (FR) levels and height to node ratios (HNRs) according to established baselines. Scheduled and feedback PIX applications were made for a total of 1.0 pt./acre over two applications, with the scheduled treatments-taking place earlier in the fruiting cycle (early and peak bloom). Feedback PIX treatments began with a single 0.5 pt. /acre application near peak bloom (approx. 2200 heat units after planting (HUAP), 86/55 °F threshold) and followed with a second 0.5 pt. /acre application in late bloom. Scheduled applications of fertilizer N totaled 200 lbs. N/acre from three applications and feedback N treatments received a total of 100 lbs. N/acre from two applications. Treatments consisted of all combinations of scheduled or feedback applications of both N and FIX. The highest lint yields were from a treatment receiving feedback N and FIX, but all treatment yields were not significantly different (P ≥ 0.05) from one another. From a practical (economic) standpoint, however, these treatments were different in terms of the differences of fertilizer N and the timing of the PIX applications required to produce comparable yields. Results from 1995 are consistent with 1993 and 1994 results from the same study.
    • Evaluation of Irrigation Termination Management on Yield of Upland Cotton, 1995

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Norton, E. R.; Silvertooth, Jeff (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      A single field study was conducted in 1995 at the Maricopa Agricultural Center (1100 ft. elevation) to evaluate the effects of three dates of irrigation termination on yield a common Upland cotton variety (DPL 5415). Planting date was 3 April (469 HU /Jan 1 86/55° F thresholds). Following difficult establishment, crop vigor was generally low all season, with a relatively strong level of fruit retention. Three dates of irrigation termination an -1T3) were imposed based upon crop development into cut -out, with IT1 (21 August) set such that bolls set at the end of the first fruiting cycle would not be water stressed and could be fully matured. The third termination (IT3) date was 22 September, which was staged so that soil moisture would be sufficient for development of bolls set up through the first week of September. The second irrigation termination (IT2, 1 September) was intermediate to IT1 and IT3. Lint yield results revealed a 139 lb. lint/acre difference between IT1 and IT3, which was statistically significant (P < 0.05).
    • Evaluation of Soil Conditioners and Water Treatments for Cotton Production Systems

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Sanchez, C. A.; Norton, E. R.; Silvertooth, Jeff (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      Advanced technologies to produce synthetic polymers such as polyacrylamide (PAM, and polymaleic anhydride (PMA) have produced products which may be economically feasible alternatives to traditional treatments such as gypsum in the desert Southwest. In 1995 a single field study was conducted at Paloma Ranch, west of Gila Bend in Maricopa County Arizona Upland Nucoton 35, DPL' was dry planted and watered -up on 10 and 11 April. Treatments consisted of various rates and times of applications of Sper Sal™, which included a check (no Sper Sal), 1 and 2 qts. /acre with the water-up irrigation; 1 and 2 qts./acre with a mid - season irrigation; and 1 qt. /acre mid-season following 1 or 2 qts./acre with the water -up irrigation. No differences among treatments were detected among any treatments in terms of plant growth and development or final lint yields. There were no early-season differences in soil crusting among the various soil amendment treatments in 1995, as opposed to 1994 when a severe rain occurred immediately following planting.
    • Fenoxycarb, Pymetrozine (C G A-215944), and Fenpropathrin/Acephate: Rotations for Silverleaf Whitefly Control in Upland Cotton in Central America

      Akey, D. H.; Henneberry, T. J.; Silvertooth, Jeff; USDA, ARS, Western Cotton Research Laboratory, 4135 East Broadway, Phoenix, Arizona 85040 -8830 (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      Trials (0.01 ac plots) with fenoxycarb ( Fenoxycarb 40 W P, 0.0621b. ai /ac), pymetrozine (CGA 215944, Fulfill™ 50 W P, 0.094 lb. ai/ac), pymetrozine /fenoxycarb, (SterlingTM ), and fenpropathrin (DanitolTM 2.4 E C, 0.20 lb. or 0.10 lb. ai/ac) /acephate (OrtheneTM 90 S, 0.5 or 0.25 lb. ai /ac) were made against silverleaf whitefly, Bemisiq grgentifolii Bellows and Perring, at UA, Maricopa Agric. Ctr. Six applications (plus adjuvant Kinetic) were applied on 9 treatments. Ten treatments (embedded control included) were in a double tier complete random block design and there was I adjacent, 1.5 ac control block (treatment 11). Eggs and large nymphs were sampled weekly post application to determine efficacy; reported as % reduction from block control. Rotation schemes were: 1) 3 pymetrozine /fenoxycarb, then 3 fenpropathrin/acephate applications, 2) 3 pymetrozine 2 /3rate /fenoxycarb full rate, then 3 fenpropathrin /acephate applications, 3) fenoxycarb 6 applications, 4) pymetrozine 6 applications, 5) 3 fenpropathrin /acephate, then 3 pymetrozine /fenoxycarb applications, 6) 3 fenpropathrin /acephate, then 3 pymetrozine /fenoxycarb, 7) fenpropathrin /acephate at full, l/2, full, then 3-1/2 rate applications, 8) 2 pymetrozine /fenoxycarb, 2 fenpropathrin /acephate, 1 pymetrozine /fenoxycarb, and 1 last fenpropathrin /acephate application, 9) 2 fenpropathrin /acephate, 2 pymetrozine /fenoxycarb, 1fenpropathrin/acephate, and 1 last pymetrozine /fenoxycarb application, 10) embedded control, and 11) block control. Egg % reductions for season means ranged from 93-99% for combinations and rotations of them. Last % season analyses showed reductions from 95-99 %. Pymetrozine had a 98% reduction andfenpropathrin /acephate had 98 % egg reduction. Nymphal reduction for season means ranged from 80-95% for combinations and rotations of them. Last % season analyses, showed % reductions from 91-98 %. Pymetrozine had 92% reduction and fenpropathrin /acephate had 92% reduction of nymphs (season). These studies showed that pymetrozine, pymetrozine /fenoxycarb, fenpropathrin/acephate combinations and rotations provided excellent control of silverleaf whitefly immatures.
    • How the Quick Hitch Guidance Systems Work and Their Practical Applications

      Thacker, Gary W.; Coates, Wayne E.; Silvertooth, Jeff (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      This article explains the operation of the two types of quick hitch guidance systems on the market. Techniques for farming with precision guidance are offered.
    • How to Mechanically Remove Weeds from the Row

      Thacker, Gary W.; Coates, Wayne E.; Silvertooth, Jeff (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      This article offers practical advice on in-row weeding techniques and tooling setups.
    • Irrigation Efficiencies and Lint Yields of Upland Cotton Grown at the Maricopa Agricultural Center, 1995

      Sheedy, Mike; Watson, Mike; Silvertooth, Jeff (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      A field trial was conducted at the Maricopa Agricultural Center to observe the effects of four irrigation efficiencies (65%, 75%, 85%, and 95%) on the lint yield produced from two upland cotton varieties (DP 5409 and SG 125). Nitrogen requirements for the crop were determined using pre-season soil samples and in-season petiole samples in conjuction with crop monitoring data collected at weekly intervals. AZSCHED was used as a guide to the irrigation timing and amount of water applied during the season. The actual irrigation efficiencies obtained were less than what was targeted. The end season results were 59, 62, 62, and 68 %, respectively. This is due in part to the inherent inefficiency of irrigations in the early season. This year there was a lint yield response to the different irrigation efficiencies, but no difference in yield between the two varieties. Lint yields were significantly lower in the 95 % irrigation efficiency plots. Lint Yields ranged from 1058 and 1109 # lint/acre (DP5409 and SG125 at 95 %) to 1358 and 1353 # lint/acre (SG 125 and DP5409 at the 85 % irrigation efficiency).
    • Low Desert Upland Cotton Advanced Strains Testing Program, 1995

      Husman, S. H.; Jeck, L. E.; Metzler, F.; Wegener, R.; Killian, K.; Stephens, L.; Silvertooth, Jeff (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      Twenty one Upland cotton advanced strains varieties which are not commercially available were evaluated in replicated field studies in 1995 on two farm sites in Queen Creek, Arizona and Buckeye, Arizona representing seven seed companies. Twenty four advanced strains representing eight seed companies were evaluated on a commercial site in Gila Bend, Arizona. Participating seed companies submitted three advanced strain entries, plus a commercially available check of their choice at each site. The Gila Bend site represented strains of a more indeterminate nature for a full season production approach, while the sites at Buckeye and Queen Creek consisted of more determinate entry characteristics to represent a reduced season production approach. The highest lint yields were obtained from Germains 9230 (1756 lb./a), Delta and Pine Land Co. 5517 (1116 lb./a), and Delta and Pine Land Co. 9057 (1578 lb./a) at Queen Creek, Buckeye, and Gila Bend respectively.
    • Magnitude and Strain Composition of Aspergillus flavus Soil Surface Populations in Yuma County Commerical Fields

      Nelson, M. R.; Bigelow, D. M.; Orum, T. V.; Howell, D. R.; Cotty, P. J.; Silvertooth, Jeff; Department of Plant Pathology, University of Arizona, Tucson; Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arizona; Southern Regional Research Center, USDA, ARS (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      Aflatoxin contamination of cottonseed occurs when cotton bolls are infected by certain strains of the fungus Aspergillus flavus. The risk of aflatoxin contamination in a field is partially dependent on both the quantity of A. flavus and the toxigenicity of A. flavus strains in that field. A. flavus can be easily divided into two major subdivisions known as strain S and strain L. Strain S isolates consistently produce large amounts of aflatoxin and, therefore, the percentage of strain S isolates in the population (percent S) is one indication of the aflatoxin producing potential of the population. Strain S isolates were found in every commercial field sampled at every sampling date in Yuma County, but percent S varied greatly among fields from 4% to 93 %. Significant differences among fields located near each other suggest that locally important, but not yet identified, variables such as crop rotation histories or soil type are affecting A. flavus population magnitude and composition.
    • Monitoring and Management of Whitefly Resistance to Insecticides in Arizona

      Dennehy, T. J.; Williams, Livy III; Russell, June S.; Li, Xiaohua; Wigert, Monika; Silvertooth, Jeff; Extension Arthropod Resistance Management Laboratory (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      Monitoring of whitefly resistance in the major cotton producing areas of Arizona confirmed the presence of an over 100 fold resistance to the mixture of Danitol® + Orthenem (fepropathrin + acephate). Strong evidence was found of cross-resistance affecting the other principle pyrethroid insecticides used to control whiteflies (Asana®, Capture® Karate®). Susceptibility to Ovasyn® varied widely in leaf -disk bioassays; lesser variation was observed in whitefly susceptibility to endosulfan. A provisional resistance management strategy (IRM) for Arizona whiteflies was formulated and evaluated in a 200 acre field trial in 1995. A key element of the strategy was diversifying as much as possible the insecticides used against whiteflies. Contrasts of this (rotation) strategy with a more conventional (less diverse) regime showed that rotation slowed but did not prevent resistance from developing. By seasons end both the IRM and conventional plots had very high and comparable levels of resistance to Danitol® + Ortliene®. This large field trial illustrated clearly the seriousness of the whitefly resistance problems faced in Arizona. It showed that whitefly populations cannot be managed effectively solely with the products currently registered for this purpose in Arizona. The large shift to lower susceptibility took place with as few as 3 insecticide treatments. In concert, our field art laboratory results indicated unequivocally that Arizona growers will be forced by resistance to greatly reduce reliance on pyrethroid insecticides in the future. This underscores the urgency for obtaining approval of novel new insecticides for whitefly control and for deploying new products within the framework of a resistance management strategy that limits their use.
    • Nitrogen Management Experiments for Upland and Pima Cotton, 1995

      Silvertooth, J. C.; Norton, E. R.; Silvertooth, Jeff (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      Three field experiments were conducted in Arizona in 1995 at three locations (Maricopa, Marana, and Safford). The Maricopa and Safford experiments have been conducted for seven consecutive seasons, the Marana site was initiated in 1994. The purposes of the experiments were to validate and refine nitrogen (N) fertilization recommendations for both Upland and Pima cotton. The experiments each utilized N management tools such as pre -season soil tests for NO₃⁻-N, in- season plant tissue testing (petioles) for N fertility status, and crop monitoring to ascertain crop fruiting patterns and crop N needs. At each location, treatments varied from a conservative to a more aggressive approach of N management. Results at each location revealed a strong relationship between the crop fruit retention levels and N needs for the crop. This pattern was further reflected in final yield analysis as a response to the N fertilization regimes used. The higher, more aggressive, N application regimes did not benefit yields at any location. The effects of N fertility levels have also been consistently evident in crop maturity and its relationship to lint yields.
    • Pima Cotton Regional Variety Trial, Safford Agricultural Center, 1995

      Clark, L. J.; Carpenter, E. W.; Hart, G. L.; Nelson, J. M.; Silvertooth, Jeff (College of Agriculture, University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), 1996-03)
      Eighteen long staple varieties were tested in a replicated small plot trial on the Safford Agricultural Center in Graham county at an elevation of 2950 feet. The highest yielding variety in 1995 was OA 312 (Conquistador) with a yield of 937 pounds of lint per acre. It was followed by OA 304 the high yielding variety from the year before and three other Olvey varieties and Phytogen 57. The average yield from this trial was nearly 100 pounds per acre higher than the previous trial Yield and other agronomic data as well as fiber quality data are contained in this paper.