Theses and Dissertations


Chase Samples

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Dodds, Darrin M.

Committee Member

Catchot, Angus L.

Committee Member

Reynolds, Daniel B.

Committee Member

Irby, Jon Trenton

Committee Member

Kruger, Greg

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access



Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Department of Plant and Soil Sciences


There have been many changes in production agriculture over the last 20 years. The use of herbicide resistant crops has become common place in production agriculture. However, the release of crops resistant to auxin herbicides has brought more attention to the pesticide application process regardless of the type of pesticide applied. Moreover, controlling off-target movement of pesticides has become an integral part of the day to day farming tasks. The use of deposition aids when applied with water has been documented; however, the effect of deposition aids on pesticide application is not well understood. Based on these findings, selecting a deposition aid not only can be affected by the pesticide used but also the crop in question. Additionally, label restrictions on auxin herbicide application in auxin tolerant crops brings an additional problem to cotton growers. The use of insecticides in conjuction with herbicide applications has been commonplace for many growers across the cotton belt. However, smaller droplets have been utilized to increase coverage of these insecticides. Data presented in these findings suggest that larger droplets can still have good levels of efficacy and in some instances increase yield. The use of auxin tolerant crops allows for usage of addition POST herbicides to cotton; however, the effect of these tank mix applications on ctrop injury is not well understood. In both EnlistTM and Xtend® Flex cotton levels of injury were increased when glufosinate and S-metolachlor were applied in a tank mix. However, yield was not negatively impacted in either study.