​​​Role of Seedling Diseases and the Efficacy of Fungicide Seed Treatments in Stand Establishment of Cotton

February 2015 | 12 min., 58 sec.
by Craig S. Rothrock
University of Arkansas


​Seedling disease problems are a critical factor in the establishment of cotton around the world. Making effective decisions on seedling disease management is increasing in importance as a result of dramatically increased seed costs from products on the seed and technology fees resulting in growers reducing seeding rates, number of seed planted per foot of row. This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners in the Cotton Belt make decisions to limit losses from seedling diseases. In this presentation, practitioners will learn the pathogens causing seedling diseases on cotton and the importance of the environment at planting and the first few days after planting on seedling disease severity. By the end of the presentation, practitioners should know more about the causes of seedling diseases on cotton, planting decisions to avoid favorable environments for seedling diseases, and the importance of seed treatment fungicides for lessening the impact of seedling diseases.

About the Presenter

Craig S. RothrockCraig S. Rothrock received his MS and PhD degrees in Plant Pathology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He has been on the faculty of the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Arkansas since 1989. Dr. Rothrock conducts research on the ecology of soilborne plant pathogens and their control through chemical, cultural and alternative strategies. The research is directed toward developing sustainable cropping systems for cotton and other field crops.​

Contact Information:
Email: rothrock@uark.edu


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