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  • Planting Considerations

    Planting Considerations

    ARIZONA Deciding on the appropriate time to begin planting cotton in the spring can be a difficult decision. Warm, early spring days will sometimes provide an “itch” to get into the field and start planting. However, warm spring days can also be followed by very cool nights that lead to less-than-optimum soil temperature conditions for seedling germination and emergence. Cool soil temperatures result in slow germination and increased susceptibility to seedling diseases caused by soil-borne fungi. A cold front moving through an area can dramatically slow seed germination and seedling emergence, making them more susceptible to seedling diseases from pathogens ... Read More »
  • State Support Program  In The West

    State Support Program In The West

    Although cotton producers in the West have seen a decrease in Cotton Research and Promotion Program (CRPP) State Support Program (SSP) funding over the past few years due to the decline of cotton production in the region, the SSP continues to finance important projects in California, Arizona and New Mexico. Following closely the mission of Cotton Incorporated, the SSP strives to improve the demand for and profitability of cotton. However, strategies and activities created under this program are designed to address the specific needs of individual cotton-producing states. Every year, approximately 7.5 percent of the producer funds collected by the ... Read More »
  • Braden Cunningham Focuses On Efficiency And Conservation

    Braden Cunningham Focuses On Efficiency And Conservation

    As a general rule with a subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system, a cotton farmer can average 4 bales of lint per acre with 4 gallons of water per-minute per-acre irrigation capacity, according to Craig Hoelscher, Eco-Drip vice president of operations. In 2016, Braden Cunningham surmounted this rule of thumb by producing 2,290 pounds of lint per acre on his highest-yielding SDI field planted to FiberMax FM 1830GLT in Harmon County, Okla. “By combining drip irrigation with no-till practices, Braden has the ability to maximize the efficiency of his resources, whether it’s rainfall, irrigation or fertilizer application. To produce 2,290 pounds ... 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 »
  • Meeting The Need

    Meeting The Need

    The National Cotton Council (NCC) believes it is crucial that a meaningful safety net for cotton be included in the next farm bill. What is the current economic situation? During the past few years, U.S. cotton producers have struggled with cotton prices not adequate enough to cover their production costs. Although prices have improved from the lows seen in 2015, many producers are still struggling to cover their total production costs. What is the NCC’s farm bill development focus? First of all, the NCC continues working to get a cottonseed policy in place as a bridge until the new farm ... Read More »
  • Farm Leaders Find A Changed Washington

    Farm Leaders Find A Changed Washington

    By Dave Kranz Arriving during a time of transition in Washington, D.C., California Farm Bureau Federation directors met with congressional leaders, a Trump transition official and others involved in driving and monitoring the changing political landscape. During a two-day series of meetings in the nation’s capital, CFBF leaders conferred with members and staff at more than two-dozen California congressional offices, updating them on issues including water, immigration, trade, farm policy and more. “Our key issues often remain constant, but our approach to resolving them has to change to reflect new circumstances,” CFBF President Paul Wenger says. “Certainly, circumstances in Washington ... Read More »