Planting Stories


Growers Capture Extra Benefits from ‘Respect the Rotation’ Practices

September 20, 2011

Bayer CropScience has announced the new LibertyLink LinkUp Offer, an important addition to Innovation Plus programs. Farmers who plant a minimum 250 acres of LibertyLink soybeans and/or cotton will be eligible for a $2 per acre* incentive. Andy Hurst, product


Monsanto Supports Efforts to Restore Flooded Farm Land

September 20, 2011

The Mississippi Delta region suffered through one of the worst floods in recent history this past spring, with up to seven million acres of fertile farmland under water in this highly productive part of the country. In continued efforts by


Missouri Growers Take In Respect the Rotation Event

September 6, 2011

At a recent Respect the Rotation field day in Portageville, MO, sponsored by Bayer CropScience, 200 attendees heard how continual use of a single mode of action intensifies selection pressure and contributes to the development of weed resistance. As the


Mid-South Growers Deal with Flood Damages

August 12, 2011

Located just 45 miles north of I-10 in rural Louisiana, in a town just off the western banks of the Mississippi River, George LaCour’s farm has seen just about every type of weather-related setback this season.   The Batchelor, LA,


USDA: Plantings Came On Time, But Damaged

July 18, 2011

As June began, cotton planting was most active in Tennessee, where warm temperatures and sunny skies provided nearly a week of days suitable for fieldwork. By June 5, producers had planted 87 percent of the nation’s crop, 3 percentage points


USDA Designates 213 Texas Counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

July 5, 2011

USDA  has designated 213 counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas after one of the worst droughts in more than a century. The state sustained excessive heat, high winds and wildfires that burned hundreds of thousands of acres. “Many

Much of Texas Declared a Natural Disaster Area

June 29, 2011

In terms of sheer size, Texas is one of the largest of the 50 U.S. states. But the area isn’t the only thing that’s supersized; it’s a common saying that “Everything is bigger in Texas.” Unfortunately, “everything” includes natural disasters

The Results Are In: 18th CSITC Round Trial Completed

June 22, 2011

18th CSITC ROUND TRIAL COMPLETED The 18th Round Trial under the auspices of the Task Force on Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of Cotton (CSITC RT 2011-2) was conducted from April to June 2011. Seventy-eight testing facilities from all continents

Floods and Drought Cause Headaches in the United States

June 16, 2011

What a difference 12 months can make. After enjoying a near-perfect season for cotton last year, there is a tremendous amount of anxiety among growers in the United States due to ongoing adverse weather: In West Texas, farmers can’t see

Pima Cotton

June 15, 2011

About 5% of all cotton produced in the United States consists of extra-long staple (ELS) pima, famous worldwide for its sheen, strength and exceptional softness. Stocks were drawn down to about 4,000 tonnes in 2010 and are expected to drop

Plains Cotton Cooperative Association

June 15, 2011

Untold volumes have been written about changes in sourcing strategies for textiles and apparel over the last century. As transportation infrastructure improved, as technology advanced, and as societies progressed from agrarian to industrial, sourcing managers chased the cheap needle all

PCG Requests Clarification on Dryland Insurance Questions

May 31, 2011

Ongoing drought conditions in 2011 have been wrecking the best-laid plans of both irrigated and dryland cotton producers in the Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico production regions. Because of the extreme situation many growers find themselves in this year, a

Syngenta and No-Till Farming Seek Nominations for No-Till Innovator Awards

May 24, 2011

Syngenta and No-Till Farmer are seeking nominations to honor outstanding leaders of the conservation-tillage industry. In its 16th year, the No-Till Innovator Awards are open to individuals and groups in the United States and Canada who practice, promote and/or demonstrate

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Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

New Questions Facing Thrips Management

April 10, 2014

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