Producer costs per acre were minimized when applications were applied during early plant growth. At the one/two-leaf stage, the cost per acre for Status was $13.25, Ignite 280 ($11.33 per acre), Laudis ($13.59 per acre). Some less expensive products were evaluated, like 2,4-D and atrazine, but they were slightly less effective in this trial.

"Looking ahead to next growing season, the problem is waiting to happen as many of the cotton seeds left over from pickers/stripper are in the ground, but it's been too dry for germination," Morgan said.

"Based on the current weather patterns, producers will need to make plans to deal with volunteer cotton this spring. Additionally, producers will need to pay attention in post-harvest of corn because any surviving cotton plants tend to flourish once corn begins to mature," Morgan said.

"After corn harvest, producers need to be take care of any volunteer cotton plants in a timely manner with chemical or mechanical methods," he said. "Volunteer cotton is a concern both from the frontend and after-harvest of the grain crops. In a producer's defense, they are juggling application timings and the economics of management options. Volunteer cotton is a challenge to manage. However, this is an important issue since it ties directly into the boll weevil eradication efforts and is enforced by the Texas Department of Agriculture."