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Cotton Brian Little UGA Bugwoodorg The Cotton Scouting School is set for June 5 for anyone interested in the insects and diseases that are affecting Alabama crops.  The course will be held at the Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland. Registration is at 8 a.m. and the program starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 3:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

The course focuses on the growth, development and management aspects of agriculture. It is geared toward helping participants understand the various insects and diseases that affect crops, such as cotton and peanuts, and to teach them techniques about how to reduce these threats.

William Birdsong, an agronomic crops specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says in regards to cotton, insects that are posing a threat to the crop include thrips, cotton bollworms and stink bugs. A disease that will be discussed is target spot, which has recently been found in many varieties.

A second crop that will be discussed is peanuts. Diseases that affect them include rot mold, early leafspot and late leafspot. Threshold numbers and when you should and shouldn’t spray peanuts to remain cost effective will also be discussed.

“We are in a very important phase of crop development and if we can manage the crop we can have higher yielding potential in the end,” Birdsong says. “We emphasize the importance of methods that are economically beneficial and cost effective.”

For more information, contact Dr. Tim Reed at 256-353-8702 or

Sponsors include the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Cotton Expo Sponsors.

Written by: Casey Whitaker, Extension Communications Intern

Photo Credit: Brian Little, the Univsersity of Georgia,


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