Author Archives: Henry Gantz

About Henry Gantz

Gantz is the editor of Cotton Grower magazine. Over the years, he has won many National Agricultural Marketing Association awards, including two national NAMAs – one in advertising and one in public relations. Gantz brings hands-on experience, having worked as Sales Manager for an agricultural supply distributor in the Mississippi Delta.

Gleaning the Best of the Rest

At the Mid-South Farm and Gin show in Memphis, Joe Nicosia gives the annual economic update. Nicosia is CEO of Allenberg Cotton Co. in Cordova, TN. I used to take notes, but my handwriting has become chicken scratch on steroids. Plus I’m slow. Plus, I’m lazy. Never underestimate the power of laziness. So, I digitally

Knowing Where Your Blue Jeans Come From

To paraphrase a quote from the television show “Cheers,” Rebecca Howe said, “Ham comes in funny-shaped cans on aisle number 6.” Misperceptions like that are not lost on Pepper Roberts, 36, who farms in a partnership with his dad Paul, his mom Pat, and his wife Crystal, in Humphreys County, MS, near Belzoni in the

Predictions and Contradictions

I heard a speculator say with cotton, corn and soybean prices fluctuating so wildly, seven out of eight trades will become bad trades. His prediction is pure nonsense. Think about hedgers. I don’t know what the ratio of hedgers versus speculators is, but I’m betting it’s pretty close. Think about how many grain elevators, merchants,

Insect & Weed Control: Old Dogs Teach New Tricks

As transgenic traits began appearing on the scene in the 1990s,  growers who had used pesticide tank-mixes with various modes-of-action thought they’d found silver bullets for both insect and weed control. When Roundup Ready varieties were introduced, glyphosate became the most widely used herbicide in the world. Glyphosate revolutionized cotton weed control like no other

Palmer Amaranth: ‘Driver Weed’ Control Doesn’t Come in a Jug

Want an alarming stat? Here goes … “Horseweed, or marestail, was first discovered 10 years ago. Ten years later, we have nine different glyphosate-resistant weed species in the Mid-South, Southeast and now even Texas,” says Larry Steckel, a University of Tennessee weed scientist. “As you take a look at it, we’re basically averaging new species

Insect Sprays Declining

Since the advent of Bt cotton and after boll weevil  eradication, Georgia growers have gone from almost seven annual insect sprays in 1995, to less than three in 2011. “That’s about a 50% reduction in insecticide applications,” says University of Georgia Extension entomologist Phillip Roberts. “Granted there is a lot of variability in the number

Flying Into Cotton

Mark Kimmel flew into cotton farming. Literally. “I soloed when I was 15, and got my pilot’s license when I was 16. I started crop dusting when I was 18 after I got out of high school,” he says. “I did that for years. My dad owned Kimmel Aviation in Houston, MS, and I grew

Dixie Dusters

Mark Kimmel and his father-in-law David Branhan own Dixie Dusters, an aerial application service near Itta Bena, MS. When cotton took its dramatic dip in acreage, everybody in the cotton business was worried about the infrastructure, and for good reason. For example, if a gin closed, the fear was that it was closed for good.