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  • Sweet Home Alabama A 2016 Cotton Pictorial

    Sweet Home Alabama A 2016 Cotton Pictorial

    By Carroll Smith, Editor Cody Ewing farms with his grandfather, Jerry Marsh, in Blount County, Ala., between Huntsville and Birmingham. Marsh began farming cotton many years ago, ventured into soybeans in the 1980s, and later tried his hand at fruits and vegetables. Ewing helped out on the farm from the time he was old enough to drive a tractor. “My mom planted 700 acres of soybeans while she was six months pregnant with me, so I was literally born with a love for farming,” Ewing says. In 2007, he nearly lost his life in a fireworks accident, and after an ... Read More »
  • Good Quality & Yield Help Offset Volatile Cotton Prices

    Good Quality & Yield Help Offset Volatile Cotton Prices

    Aaron Martinka Editor’s note: Cotton Farming editor Carroll Smith went into the field this fall to capture the story of farmers’ experiences with the new Deltapine Bollgard II XtendFlex varieties. Following is her special report. Texas cotton producer Aaron Martinka, who grew up in Williamson County, recalls helping his dad, Laddie, on the farm by tromping trailers and hauling cotton to the gin as a teenager. In 2005, fresh out of Texas A&M, he had an opportunity to pick up some ground on which he grew corn and wheat since it was not particularly suited for cotton. “I consider this ... Read More »
  • New products Deltapine Announces Class Of 17 Varieties

    The industry’s first Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton variety with root-knot nematode (RKN) resistance and a high-performing early to mid-maturity cotton variety were named to the Deltapine Class of 17 during the ninth annual New Products Evaluators (NPE) Summit. DP 1747NR B2XF and DP 1725 B2XF, were proven to perform by Deltapine NPE growers, who grew the varieties in large-acre plots under their own management systems. The growers’ evaluation and feedback were important to the selection of lines for commercial advancement. RKN Resistance DP 1747NR B2XF is the first Bollgard II XtendFlex variety that offers RKN resistance. The nematode resistance breeding ... Read More »
  • Good Quality & Yield Help Offset Volatile Cotton Prices

    Good Quality & Yield Help Offset Volatile Cotton Prices

    Aaron Martinka Editor’s note: Cotton Farming editor Carroll Smith went into the field this fall to capture the story of farmers’ experiences with the new Deltapine Bollgard II XtendFlex varieties. Following is her special report. Texas cotton producer Aaron Martinka, who grew up in Williamson County, recalls helping his dad, Laddie, on the farm by tromping trailers and hauling cotton to the gin as a teenager. In 2005, fresh out of Texas A&M, he had an opportunity to pick up some ground on which he grew corn and wheat since it was not particularly suited for cotton. “I consider this ... Read More »
  • Decision Making Help

    Decision Making Help

    Decision-Making Help From managing a pest flare-up to maximizing yield and quality under extreme weather, cotton producers can get valuable decision-making help from the annual National Cotton Council-coordinated Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC). How is information presented at the BWCC? Individual research reports, panel discussions, poster sessions and seminars presented over a span of three days enlighten attendees about the latest research developments and their practical applications in cotton production. Face-to-face interaction with processors, scientists, Extension personnel, consultants and agribusiness representatives provides valuable insight into the performance of existing and new products and guidance on fine-tuning farming operations. Attendees not only ... Read More »
  • Strong Cotton  |  SPECIAL REPORT

    Strong Cotton | SPECIAL REPORT

    Daniel Baxley Late Weather Challenges Strong Start Editor’s note: Cotton Farming editor Carroll Smith went into the field this fall to capture the story of farmers’ experiences with the new Deltapine Bollgard II XtendFlex varieties. Following is her special report. In 1948, Roy Baxley bought a dairy cattle and tobacco operation in the Coastal Plain area near Dillon, S.C. His son, Roy Baxley Jr., was raised on the farm and later took steps to transform the operation to fulfill his vision. The landscape of Baxley and Baxley Farms began to change as Roy Jr. moved away from dairy and grew the ... Read More »