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  • 2017 Transform My Community Contest Begins Aug. 1

    2017 Transform My Community Contest Begins Aug. 1

    By Carroll Smith Editor Singer and philanthropist Bryan Adams once said, “I like the idea of helping people help people.” To expand that thought, one might say, “I like the idea of helping people help their communities.” The Transform My Community Contest, inspired by Transform WG insecticide and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and Cotton Farming magazine, is a way for cotton farmers and crop consultants to “transform” some aspect of their community with $20,000 prize money. This year’s program kicks off Aug. 1 and runs through Sept. 30. Due to Section 18 label use restrictions, only cotton producers and consultants ... Read More »
  • West Tennessee Field Day

    West Tennessee Field Day

    Those attending Monsanto’s annual field day recently in Union City, Tennessee, enjoyed moderate temperatures, which are unusual for the dog days of summer. Company and university personnel primarily addressed cotton topics — including products and traits, weed resistance and new technology — along with information on soybeans and corn. Scott Stewart, IPM Extension specialist, University of Tennessee, says the level of bollworm injury on Bollgard II and WideStrike cotton varieties is higher than we are used to seeing. Bollworm populations are beginning to develop some levels of resistance to Bt toxins currently available in cotton and corn. Compounding the problem ... Read More »
  • In-Season Cotton Picker Cleaning/Servicing Tips

    In-Season Cotton Picker Cleaning/Servicing Tips

    Properly cleaning and servicing the cotton picker each night or morning will result in better performance and lower potential of fire throughout the day. Most producers do a thorough cleaning from top to bottom before greasing, adding fluids, and inspecting and repairing. Here are some picker cleaning and servicing tips from Cotton Incorporated. Cleaning Procedures Check engine oil and coolant levels before starting the picker’s engine for the first time in the morning, but be mindful of these safety rules: Always raise handrails when working on top of picker baskets or bale chambers. Always climb and descend ladders facing the ... Read More »
  • Celebrate Cotton Football

    Celebrate Cotton Football

    The sixth annual Celebrate Cotton football game is scheduled for Sept. 16 in Lubbock, Texas. A special promo code is available for those interested in purchasing tickets. Plains Cotton Growers has proudly partnered with Texas Tech Athletics to establish this fun event that puts the High Plains cotton industry on a national stage. http://plainscotton.org/CelebrateCotton.html Read More »
  • Preserving Plant Protection Products

    Preserving Plant Protection Products

    U.S. cotton and its agribusiness allies are partnering with EPA to address risk and policy-based issues. To ensure continued availability of proven plant protection products, the National Cotton Council closely monitors EPA’s pesticide review process and provides input to the agency. What is the status of EPA’s review  procedures? The safe protection of U.S. agricultural commodities from pests is dependent upon EPA regulation and registration procedures under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). In the past, EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs registered safe products for helping U.S. agriculture remain competitive. That office used a risk-benefit analysis process in ... Read More »
  • Improve Ragweed Management Practices with New ‘Focus on Cotton’ Webcast

    Improve Ragweed Management Practices with New ‘Focus on Cotton’ Webcast

    Excessive reliance on glyphosate to control ragweed has allowed resistant varieties to flourish in cotton production systems. A new Focus on Cotton webcast titled “Herbicide-resistant Common Ragweed Management in Cotton” helps cotton growers, consultants, and other industry experts diversify management practices and herbicide applications to better control ragweed populations. This 27-minute talk by Charlie Cahoon, Extension Weed Specialist at Virginia Tech University, provides information that helps users: • Improve cover crop selection and rotation strategies • Avoid ineffective control measures and herbicide applications • Assess different pre- and post-emergence herbicide combinations This presentation is available at no charge, courtesy of ... Read More »