Headland holds course to improve row crops

Published 06/05 2014 05:18PM

Updated 06/05 2014 08:56PM

The Wiregrass Research and Extension Center in Headland hosted a Cotton Scouting School.

Farmers and inspectors attended the event to learn more about row crops. They learned what types of insects to look out for when farming cotton and soy beans. The course instructors also went over different types of insect diseases and weed control issues. For the second half of the day the group went out into a cotton field to get hands on experience.

“They gain research based information that will help them make optimum decisions when it comes time to deal with these pests,” said Dr. Tim Reed. “Because it’s very expensive dealing with weeds and insects.”

Dr. Reed says the most difficult problem when dealing with crops in the Wiregrass are massive amounts of rain and then the weather quickly changes to droughts.

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