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.


Cotton Focus, 2/13/2020

Cotton Tour, 9/4/2019

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



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 Farmersí 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 summerís drought. UTIA researchers are studying how cotton reacts to a lack of moisture Ė 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)

Cotton Harvest at Milan 
Drone footage of cotton harvest in Milan.

(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.


Recent Publications

Summary of cotton irrigation studies in Tennessee.  Grant, T., and B. G. Leib.  2020.  University of Tennessee - Extension, Knoxville, TN, (draft).

Differential heliothine susceptibility to Cry1Ac associated with gut proteolytic activity Abdelgaffar, H., C. Oppert, X. Sun, J. Monserrate, and J. L. Jurat-Fuentes.  2019.  Pesticide Biochemsitry and Physiology. [Abstract]

Optimal Prevented Planting Decisions for Corn and Cotton.  Adkins, K.  2019.  Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Optimal Prevented Planting Decisions for Corn and Cotton.  Adkins, K., and C. Boyer.  2019.  M.S. Thesis.

Corn and Cotton Producersí Prevented Planting Decision.  Adkins, K., C. Boyer, S. A. Smith, A. P. Griffith, A. Muhammad, M. A. McClure, and T. B. Raper.  2019.  University of Tennessee Extension.

Prevented Planting Provision Influence on Corn and Cotton Producersí Late Planting Decision.  Adkins, K., C. Boyer, S. A. Smith, A. P. Griffith, and A. Muhammad.  2019.  Southern Agricultural Economics Association annual meeting, Birmingham, AL. February 2-5, 2019.

2019 Planted Acreage for Corn, Cotton, Grain Sorghum, Soybeans, and Wheat in Tennessee by County.  Bowling, R. G., and S. A. Smith.  2019.  University of Tennessee Extension Publication. October, W442.

Prevented Planting Provision on Cotton Producersí Late Planting Decision.  Boyer, C., S. A. Smith, K. Adkins, and T. B. Raper.  2019.  2019 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, National Cotton Council of America, New Orleans, LA. January 8-10, 2019.

Making the cotton replant decision.  Butler, S., and T. B. Raper.  2019.  W073.

Making the cotton replant decision.  Butler, S., and T. B. Raper.  2019.

Long-term effects of different cover crops, tillage, and nitrogen fertilization rates on soil properties under continuous cotton system of west Tennessee.  Ceylan, S., F. R. Walker, S. Jagadamma, A. Nouri, S. Singh, and B. Kozlowski.  2019.  ASA-Southern Branch Annual Meeting, Feb 3-5, Birmingham, AL.

Thrips management in Mid-South cotton.  Cook, D., S. D. Stewart, and et al.  2019.  Proc. Beltwide Cotton Conf., Pp. 481-488.