​​​Impact of Leaf Pubescence on Fiber Quality

October 2016 | 22 min., 14 sec.
by Gaylon D. Morgan
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Summary

​This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners throughout the Cotton Belt to identify factors contributing to higher cotton leaf grade values. Cotton fiber quality has become much important over the past 10-15 years with over 85% of the U.S. cotton being exported. Contamination of the cotton lint by leaf and bract material, quantified as leaf grade value by the HVI analysis, is one fiber quality measurement where cotton producers are receiving significant price discounts in some years. Previous research has shown that numerous factors contribute to the leaf grade values; however, it is difficult to link anyone specific factor directly to higher leaf grade values. The cotton plant characteristics, different harvest-aid scenarios, and environmental factors are discussed in the presentation.

About the Presenter

Gaylon D. MorganGaylon D. Morgan received a BS and a MS degree in Agronomy from Texas A&M University in 1996 and 1998, respectively. In 2001, he earned a PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in Horticulture and a minor in Plant Pathology. Dr. Morgan was an Assistant Professor and Systems Agronomist at the University of Tennessee until 2003. Gaylon joined the faculty at Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor and State Extension Small Grains Specialist in 2003 and remained in this position through 2009. In 2009, Gaylon was selected as the State Extension Cotton Agronomist and remains in this position. His responsibilities include the development of educational outreach programs and applied research for cotton. The focus of Dr. Morgan's extension programs is to provide timely dissemination of educational information to the clientele of Texas. Area of research interests includes investigation of cotton varieties, crop protection products, soil fertility, management practices related to fiber quality, conservation tillage, and precision agriculture. 

Contact Information:
Email: gmorgan@ag.tamu.edu

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