The Agriculture and Natural Resources programs in Maricopa County include field crops, vegetable crops, turf grass, urban horticulture, water resources, and agricultural literacy. Faculty and staff conduct outreach and education as well as applied research in these areas. In some way all of our lives are touched by these topics.
In just a few months, cotton pickers will bear down crop rows to reap the benefits of a good growing season so far amid the highest crop prices in years.
Now is a good time to review defoliation techniques to ensure the plants are in good shape before harvest.
“There is an art to defoliation that comes from understanding cotton physiology, years of experience, and monitoring crop field conditions and the weather,” said Pedro Andrade, University of Arizona assistant professor and specialist at the Maricopa Agricultural Center.