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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 ... Read More »

Standing on Solid Ground

West Tennesseans Committed To Family And Farming Cotton By Carroll Smith Editor ‘Farming must be sustainable, and raising cotton is how I can make that happen,” says Clinton Evans, who farms with his son, David III “Buddy,” in West Tennessee as Clinton Evans Farms. Last year, the father-and-son team grew 750 acres of cotton and 550 acres of soybeans. In ... Read More »

Conference Helps Young Farmers Enhance Advocacy

By Christine Souza California Farm Bureau Federation To help young farmers and ranchers negotiate the financial, political and regulatory challenges that come their way, young agriculturalists met in Modesto for the 2017 California Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference. California Farm Bureau Federation YF&R members — farmers, ranchers and agricultural professionals ages 18 to 35 — attended the conference to take ... Read More »

A Passion For Cotton Spans Generations

By Clinton Evans Cotton farmer, Brownsville, Tenn. I was born Nov. 14, 1959, in Haywood County, Tenn., raised on this farm and spent my childhood in Davie Place — my family’s ancestral home built in the mid-1800s by my great-great-grandfather, John Wesley Davie. My mother, Cynthia Moody Evans, continues to live there today. I fondly remember the sharecroppers with their ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Tim Roberts: Cotton Consultant of the Year

Tim Roberts grew up in Southeast Arkansas where farming was prevalent and many of the local teenagers worked as cotton scouts or “bug checkers” as they were called at the time. In 1977, Arkansas cotton consultant Ken Gilbert hired Roberts and Roberts’ long-time friend, Billy Beegle, to work for him while they were in college. From 1980 to 1983, Gilbert ... Read More »

Getting to Know Cotton Board Chairman Janet Ydavoy

The Cotton Board is governed by its membership, which consists of both cotton producers and cotton importers. Importers serving on The Cotton Board represent various major U.S. brands and retailers – significant downstream users of cotton. The producers serving on The Cotton Board represent their respective state in the U.S. Cotton Belt. Together, these segments of the Board represent a ... Read More »