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Irrigation Efficiency, Water Conservation

February 13, 2012

Irrigation can be expensive, taking into account the initial capital investment, installation costs, annual costs for energy used for pumping, labor, maintenance and other costs. On the other hand, it’s near the top in risk management. “I don’t think the

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Flying Into Cotton

February 13, 2012

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

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Local Service, National Commitment

February 9, 2012

Homer Tate said he was simply looking around for a way to help himself and his farming operation near the Tennessee River Valley town of Meridianville, AL. “I got involved in the Alabama Farmers Federation. I was on the Cotton

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Make Your Water Count

February 9, 2012

As any grower in the Southwest region will tell you, drought is first and foremost on the minds of the region’s producers. And there’s a good chance that singular issue could cause a massive shift of acreage out of corn

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Preplant Strategies: Get Clean, Start Clean, Stay Clean

February 9, 2012

For the fifth year, the Consultant Conference was the kickoff to the Beltwide Cotton Conferences, held this year in Orlando, FL, in January. “The Consultant Conference started off as a group of Extension specialists who really saw the need to

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Rains Ease Texas Droughts, Long Term Forecasts Still Pessimistic

February 7, 2012

Excerpted from the Washington Post By Andrew Freedman Despite rather dire forecasts, this weird winter weather pattern has brought beneficial rains to parts of Texas, which has been suffering from one of its worst droughts on record. In fact, the

Australia Recovers from Floods

January 12, 2012

The Cotton Industry Relief Fund has helped Australia’s cotton growers recover from devastating floods in 2011. Cotton Australia Queensland Policy Manager, Michael Murray says around 60 of the worst affected cotton growers have been able to replant this season and

Valley Irrigation Announces Tire Pressure Monitoring System

January 4, 2012

Valley Irrigation, the leader in precision irrigation, announced the addition of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) to its control technology product line. TPMS is not only the first product in the mechanized irrigation market to monitor tire pressure on

Agrilife Extension Disaster Recovery Guide Available in e-Book Format

December 27, 2011

By Paul Schattenberg paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu The Texas AgriLife Extension Service disaster recovery guide on how individuals, families and businesses can recover from a disaster such as a hurricane, fire or flood, is now available free in e-book format. “Now you can

Jimmy Sanders Expands Retail Operations Into Kentucky

December 15, 2011

Jimmy Sanders, Inc., the Mid-South’s largest locally and family-owned agricultural input supply company has expanded its retail operations in Kentucky, adding new locations in Hartford, Glasgow and Russellville.  Having opened in September, 2011, these facilities provide seed, fertilizer and chemicals

Wet December Causing Headaches for Arkansas Producers

December 13, 2011

From the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture   December has brought the kind of weather that can keep an Arkansas farmer up at night. “I did see one grower harvesting soybean up past dark on Saturday night trying to

Crop Insurance is Extremely Important Risk Management Tool

October 18, 2011

Texas cotton producer Jimmy Dodson told a Farm Foundation forum in mid-October audience that risk management tools, particularly crop insurance, “are extremely important to cotton producers.” Dodson, chairman of the National Cotton Council’s American Cotton Producers, was a participant in

Rains Ruin Two Million Bales in Pakistan

September 21, 2011

Once again, it appears as though Pakistan’s cotton crops will be damaged by excessive rains. The good news is that, although experts are estimating that flooded fields could cost the country 2 million bales of its production, it’s nothing approaching

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USDA Says Cotton Planting Nearly Complete, Early Crop in Good Shape

June 9, 2014

According to the June 8 USDA cotton crop reports, 89 percent of this year's crop has now been planted, and the early crop is off to a solid start.

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Setting New Yield Limits

June 4, 2014

A harvesting trip to Texas changed the way Tommy Butner thought about yields on his own Tennessee farm.

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Planting Pace Picks Up in the Southwest, First Squares Reported

June 2, 2014

The June 1 USDA Crop Progress report shows that Southwestern states made substantial progress in cotton planting over the past week, thanks to much-needed moisture.

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Cotton Planting in Many States Now Ahead of Five-Year Average

May 27, 2014

USDA reports that 62 percent of the U.S. cotton crop has now been planted, with eight states ahead of their five-year planting average.

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Southeast Shows Biggest Weekly Gains in Cotton Planting, Reports USDA

May 19, 2014

Based on the May 18 USDA Crop Progress report, overall cotton planting stayed on track with the five-year average for this date, with 46 percent of the U.S. now in the ground. But growers in the Southeast made the most of the past week, registering impressive gains in cotton seeding.

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Planting Surge Puts 2014 Cotton Acres Near Five-Year Average

May 12, 2014

According to the May 11 USDA Crop Progress Report, 30 percent of the U.S. cotton crop is now in the ground. That’s a 15 percent jump in planting in the past week, and only four percentage points below the five-year average for this date.

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USDA Reports Pockets of Progress in 2014 Cotton Planting

May 5, 2014

According to the May 5 USDA Crop Progress Report, planting of the 2014 cotton crop continues to track last year’s start, witih 16 percent of this year’s crop now planted

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New Webcast, Search Tool Added to Focus on Cotton Website

April 30, 2014

A new webcast focusing on cotton nutrition and a one-stop search tool that targets Extension cotton information from 17 states have been added to the Focus on Cotton webpage.

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Cotton Following 2013 Planting Patterns for Most States

April 29, 2014

Based on the April 28 USDA Crop Progress Report, 13 percent of the nation’s cotton crop has been planted – exactly the same percentage in the ground one year ago.

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Five Keys to Higher Cotton Yields

April 24, 2014

As growers in the Southern Cotton Belt begin shifting their planting focus to cotton, they should consider five optimum pre- and early season opportunities to manage for top yields.

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New Questions Facing Thrips Management

April 10, 2014

Control options for thrips still work, but potential issues bear watching.