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  • Thrips Forecasting Tool

    Thrips Forecasting Tool

    By Dominic Reisig North Carolina State University Editor’s note: Dr. George Kennedy, North Carolina State University, has developed a tool for predicting thrips risk to cotton. Most everyone knows some type of preplant control measure is needed for thrips, whether it’s an insecticidal seed treatment or an in-furrow insecticide. But should you use a seed treatment and an in-furrow? What about a foliar spray? The thrips forecasting tool can help with those decisions. Thrips injury is a function of weather-driven seedling growth and thrips pressure. The thrips forecasting tool uses planting date, temperature, precipitation, and knowledge of when thrips pressure ... Read More »
  • Double E Farms

    Double E Farms

    In the Texas Permian Basin where vast open land meets the horizon, Bo and Russ Eggemeyer are dedicated to growing white gold. These sixth-generation farmers are taking advantage of new subsurface drip irrigation technology to maximize water-use efficiency across their cotton acres. The brothers also grow varieties bred to deliver a high-yielding, high-quality crop. This is their story. Read More »
  • Planting And Harvesting Capacity In Cotton Production

    Planting And Harvesting Capacity In Cotton Production

    Estimated From Days Suitable For Fieldwork By Terry W. Griffin, Ph.D., Kansas State University; Michael J. Buschermohle, Ph.D., University of Tennessee; and Edward M. Barnes, Ph.D., Cotton Incorporated Editor’s Note: As Tennessee cotton specialist Tyson Raper says on page 21, the forecast points to increased cotton acreage in 2017. With this scenario in mind, Raper says, “The take-home message is to consider picker capacity now.” Machine capacity information is crucial for making machinery management decisions. It is used to predict how equipment will perform for a specific farming operation and determines the timeliness of that operation. Machinery capacities have improved ... Read More »
  • Coloring Cotton with Cotton

    Coloring Cotton with Cotton

    By Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University A collaborative endeavor has resulted in dyeing cotton with cotton. Archroma has pioneered the concept of using natural wastes and byproducts to synthesize dyes to color textiles. Bryan Dill, from Archroma US Inc., presented the “Earthcolors” technology at the recent international conference of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists in Wilmington, NC. Archroma has synthesized sulfur dyes from natural wastes such as almond shells, cotton gin wastes, plant byproducts and shoots of rosemary, etc. This technology originally came out of Archroma’s unit in Spain. Archroma collaborated with Cary-based Cotton Incorporated in using ... Read More »
  • Technology Continues To Evolve

    Technology Continues To Evolve

    What about world fiber consumption? A major reason behind the decline of cotton’s share of global fiber consumption is that global synthetic fiber production capacity is three times the level of global cotton production. That helps explain why on today’s retail shelves polyester is found in about 60 percent of garments. That equates to approximately 21.3 million tons of polyester — a 157 percent increase between 2000 and 2015. Demand growth for polyester filament is expected to take more share from cotton in apparel. On the bright side, consulting firm PCI Fibres indicated at a recent polyester conference that the ... Read More »
  • Control Palmer amaranth Early

    Control Palmer amaranth Early

    By Jason Bond, Mississippi State University, Research/Extension Weed Scientist Because of the warm weather in March, many fields in Mississippi already contain emerged Palmer amaranth. Therefore, in fields that will not be planted for two to four more weeks, a residual herbicide for Palmer amaranth in a burndown application is critical. These treatments should include paraquat (Gramoxone SL, etc.) at 0.75 pounds active ingredient per acre to control any Palmer amaranth that is emerged at application. Options for preplant residual herbicide treatments might include Valor at 2 ounces per acre (requires 30-day preplant interval) or Reflex at 1 pint per ... Read More »