Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences (MS)
Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences
Jason K. Norsworthy
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Biological sciences; Cotton; Light; Palmer amaranth; Weed science
Increasing populations of glyphosate-resistant weeds, such as Palmer amaranth, have prompted growers to pursue alternative means of weed control in cotton. In many cropping systems, this means the utilization of older chemistries and residual herbicides. The goal of this research was to evaluate and understand the agronomic and environmental factors that affect the inconsistent injury often associated with these herbicides as well as determine the impact of Palmer amaranth emergence date on seed production, biomass, and cotton yield. Experiments were conducted in three counties in Arkansas giving a distinct range of climate and soil texture. Injury, biomass, and number of plants per m of row, number of seed per female Palmer amaranth plant, and cotton yield were assessed in experiments under various conditions.
Seed vigor levels, seed size, stressed conditions, and planting depth constituted the majority of factors evaluated. Low seed vigor increased the risk of injury from diuron, fomesafen, and fluometuron. Increasing planting depth from 0.64 to 2.5 cm resulted in greater cotton injury from fomesafen but proved inconsequential when applying diuron or fluometuron preemergence. Cotton injury from glufosinate was observed on two Widestrike® cultivars and to a lesser extent on a Liberty Link® cultivar. Injury from glufosinate was significantly increased when cotton was shaded prior to application. Palmer amaranth emerging for the 10-week period after cotton emergence is capable of producing seed, which points to need for extended period of weed control in cotton.
Schrage, Brandon William, "Cotton Injury Due to Soil- or Foliar-Applied Herbicides: An Assessment Based on the Influences of Genetic, Agronomic, and Environmental Factors" (2015). Theses and Dissertations. 1334.