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Say Stink Bugs

L.M. Brown & P.C. Ellsworth
Recently, high densities of Say Stink Bugs have been reported in Central Arizona. On April 4, Fox News 10 ran a story about “beetles” taking over a Buckeye neighborhood. After a trip to the neighborhood and surrounding areas, we identified them as Say Stink Bug nymphs and concluded that they were coming out of Russian thistle (tumbleweed), which had recently dried down just outside the neighborhood. On April 22, we collected large numbers of Say Stink Bug adults out of a barley field in the Casa Grande area. It is unclear how much damage they cause in small grains; however, they are easily found in wheat and triticale as well. The populations of Say Stink Bug in central Arizona are likely well synchronized this time of year, with most individuals at the same life stage.
http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/25169473/2014/04/04/beetle-infestation
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Notes from Your Extension Agent:

“Tent Talks” Meetings: Mark your calendars for the upcoming “Tent Talks” meetings in Central Arizona. The events will run from 7:00 to 10:30 AM

June 26th, 2013 “Tent Talks” meeting will be at A Tumbling T Ranches, Corner of W. Broadway Rd. and S. Estrella Pkwy, Goodyear, AZ 85338
Click Here for the agenda

July 10th, 2013 “Tent Talks” meeting will be at Le Smith’s Farm, Corner of E. Bella Vista Rd. & N. Quail Run Ln, San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
Click Here for the agenda

The meetings will highlight early and in-season agronomic and pest management of field crops.
Presenters include: Paul Brown, Peter Ellsworth, Ms. Shawna Loper, Bill McCloskey, Ayman Mostafa, Randy Norton, Mike Ottman, and Mr. Ron Rayner.
CEUs have been applied for.
An RSVP form for this event can be found under the “Events” page of this website.

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Cotton:

Long term research at the University of Arizona have found that the Upland and Pima cotton varieties grown in Arizona can be tracked over their growth cycle by the use of several simple measures. Plant mapping is a method of measuring cotton growth and reproductive development. Measurements of height to node ratio, fruit retention and nodes above white flower can be correlated to crop management, and yield estimation. As a reminder, members of the UA Extension Ag Team have produced set of short videos demonstrates basic cotton plant structure and plant mapping procedures.

Basic Structure of a Cotton Plant

Estimating the Vegetative/Reproductive Balance in Cotton: I. Height to Node Ratio

Estimating the Vegetative/Reproductive Balance in Cotton – II. Fruit Retention

Estimating the Vegetative/Reproductive Balance in Cotton – III. Nodes Above White Flower

You can find counties/crops advisories at http://ag.arizona.edu/AZMET/az-crop.htm

The hot and dry forecast will ensure high rates of water use in the coming weeks. Water stress at this time of year can reduce plant stature and lead to square abortion. Monitor soil moisture closely and avoid water stress through timely irrigations.