Cotton Research

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Shawn Butler
Research Associate II
Cotton Agronomy and Remote Sensing

Thomas V. (Tom) Dailey
Research Scientist I
Bobwhite conservation

Tyson Brant Raper
Assistant Professor
Cotton and small grain production

Avat Shekoofa
Assistant Professor
Water Stress and Irrigation of Agronomic Crops

Scott D. Stewart

Groups and Facilities

(6 mentions)

Milan No-Till 
For more than 20 years, our Milan center has led the world in no-till research.

(5 mentions)

UT Crops 
Statewide trials and management of corn, cotton, soybean, and small grains.


Generic Base / Seed Cotton Meeting, 10/31/2018

Cotton Tour, 9/5/2018

Cotton Tour, 9/6/2017

Cotton Focus, 2/9/2017

Cotton Tour, 9/7/2016

Cotton Focus, 2/18/2016

Cotton Tour, 9/2/2015

Cotton Focus Held at DoubleTree Hotel, 2/12/2015

Cotton Tour, 9/3/2014



Development of Novel DNA-Based Methods for Detection of Bt Resistant Fall Armyworms, 5/31/2018

Tyson Raper Named Outstanding Young Cotton Physiologist, 1/24/2018

Research Spotlight | Managing Target Spot in Cotton and Soybeans, 11/15/2017

Promotion and Tenure 2017, 10/16/2017

In Memoriam: Delle Rhue Burgess, curator of the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, 8/13/2017

5 Things You Should Know about the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 8/9/2017

High Hopes for Tennessee Cotton, 4/17/2017

Winter 2017 Upcoming Events, 1/17/2017

Answers to Farmers’ Questions, 10/22/2016

Five Things You Didn't Know about the AgResearch and Education Center at Milan, 10/14/2016


(18 mentions)

Cotton's Comeback? 
Cotton remains a staple in southern agriculture, but in recent years the number of acres in Tennessee has dropped by a significant amount. But is 2010 the year of cotton's comeback?

(12 mentions)

Cotton Irrigation 
Cotton is hurting because of this summer’s drought. UTIA researchers are studying how cotton reacts to a lack of moisture – and just how much water is enough for a plant to grow.

(10 mentions)

Cotton Module Picker 
More and more producers are using cotton module pickers to get their crops from the field to the gin.

(7 mentions)

Cotton Sub-Irrigation 
Watering plants to make them grow works in a small garden or lawn, but is not so easy when you're talking about large acres. However, UT AgResearchers have made gains in recent years.

(3 mentions)

Cotton Gin 
We know it as the fabric of our lives. Cotton is everywhere - found in clothing, upholstery and even food and money. But we need a way to get cotton from the field to the manufacturing plant.

(2 mentions)

The Story of Cotton 
A look at the history, production and uses of cotton.

(2 mentions)

Cotton Outlook 2011 
Like much of Dixie, Tennessee is -- once again -- the land of cotton. Our state will produce nearly twice as many acres of the crop as it did just a couple of years ago.

(2 mentions)

Insects are among the greatest threats to agriculture. Tennessee farmers have seen some pests disappear, but in the process, new ones emerged, and they are attacking fields.

(1 mention)

Its one of our most lasting symbols of America - wind gently sweeping through a grain field. And soon it could be a common sight in Tennessee.

(1 mention)

Ag Year Preview 
Spring is almost here, and it’s just about time for Tennessee farmers to plant their 2012 crops. All indications are - things are looking good for producers, following what was a good year in 2011.


Recent Publications

Effects of Optical Sensing Based Variable Rate Nitrogen Management on Yields, Nitrogen Use, and Profitability for Cotton Stefanini, M., J. A. Larson, D. M. Lambert, X. Yin, C. Boyer, P. Scharf, B. S. Tubana, J. J. Varco, D. Dunn,, H. J. Savoy, and M. J. Buschermohle.  2019.  Precision Agriculture, 20,3: 590-610. [Abstract]

Differential heliothine susceptibility to Cry1Ac associated with gut proteolytic activity Abdelgaffar, H., C. Oppert, X. Sun, J. Monserrate, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2018.  Pesticide Biochemsitry and Physiology. [Abstract]

First transgenic trait for control of plant bugs and thrips in cotton Akbar, W., et al., and S. D. Stewart.  2018.  Pest Management Science.

Best management practices for bollworm in U.S. cotton Anonymous, et al., and S. D. Stewart.  2018.  Nat. Cotton States Arthropod Man. Working Group.

2018 Planted Acreage for Corn, Cotton, Grain Sorghum, Soybeans, and Wheat in Tennessee by County.  Bowling, R. G., and A. Smith.  2018.  University of Tennessee Extension Publication, W 442.

Investment Analysis of Cover Crop and No-Tillage Systems on Tennessee Cotton Boyer, C., D. M. Lambert, J. A. Larson, and D. D. Tyler.  2018.  Agronomy Journal, 110, 1:331–338.

Thrips management in Mid-South cotton.  Cook, D., et al., and S. D. Stewart.  2018.  Proc. Beltwide Cotton Conf., Pp. 781-785.

2018 Cotton Cultivar Management.  Dodds, Darrin, and T. B. Raper.  2018.  Mississippi State University Extension.

2018 Cotton Maturity Guide.  Dodds, Darrin, and T. B. Raper.  2018.  Mississippi State University Extension.

2018 Mid-South Cotton Defoliation Guide.  Dodds, Darrin, T. B. Raper, D. Reynolds, B. Robertson, and T. Sandlin.  2018.  W376.

Cotton Nitrogen Management in Tennessee.  Duncan, L. A., and T. B. Raper.  2018.  UT Extension publication, W783.

Automatic Section Control Technologies and GPS Auto-Guidance Systems Adoption in Cotton Production Edge, Brittani, M. Velandia, C. Boyer, J. A. Larson, D. M. Lambert, R. K. Roberts, B. S. Wilson, M. J. Buschermohle, B. C. English, R. Rejesus, and L. Falconer.  2018.  Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 10, 7: 282-294. [Abstract]