For growers farming in areas with historic nematode infestations, the profitability equation begins long before planting. As Bob Kemerait, University of Georgia Extension pathologist, puts it, “Managing nematodes requires us to make decisions and have faith early on.”
As the 2014 cotton season moves toward harvest, it’s not too early for growers to begin looking for ways to profitably grow and manage cotton in the face of hard input costs and soft market prices. In the High Plains of Texas, one of the keys to profitability may be determining the best value and efficiency for water timing.
Rather than another “same song, second verse” scenario, the 2013 Cost of Ginning Cotton survey did provide a few surprises for the industry.
Anthony Tancredi of Louis Dreyfus Commodities says the most important thing for anyone in the market to know is what China’s cotton policy is. The problem: no one knows – or is sharing – the policy details.
The labor savings and flexibility provided by on-board module pickers and strippers create a priceless combination at harvest.
If you think the politics surrounding elections are tough, consider the politics of water.
Building a plan and sticking to it pays off for Bob Walker and Walker Farms.
Enhanced scheduling tools should provide more transparency for shippers, warehouses and USDA.
Regardless of geography, plant bug control is a management issue.
With glyphosate resistant weed issues now beginning to pop up in parts of the Southwest Cotton Belt, growers in the High Plains of Texas seem to be ahead of the curve when it comes to prevention.