Solving the root-knot nematode dilemma in cotton

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Kenneth Hood says it’s a simple choice when it comes to producing cotton on some of his fields on Perthshire Farms near Gunnison, Miss. Either he controls root-knot nematodes or he gets out of the cotton business.

Hood has been working with Dr. Tom Allen, Extension plant pathologist with Mississippi State University, to determine if he can reduce the cost of applying Telone C-35 soil fungicide and nematicide in his 3,000 acres of cotton in Bolivar County.

He and Allen discussed some of the results of that work at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference in Tunica, Miss. Hood also shared what he's finding when he reduces the seeding rate from three seeds per 12 inches to three seeds per 24 inches.

Farming with his brothers, Cary, Curtis and Howard on a total of 13,000 acres, Hood said they understand what caused the root-knot nematode problem. We've been growing cotton on some of that land for 50 years, he noted, during his comments at the  National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference.

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