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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like ‘Cotton’

On Sept. 22, as I prepared to start my day, I reflected on all the cotton-related images I’ve seen this month that covered one end of the spectrum to the other. Unfortunately, this journey began with devastating photos from South Texas. When Hurricane Harvey rolled in the latter part of August, it blew the tarps off many rectangular modules, scattering ... Read More »

Think Outside And Inside The Boll

Anticipation is running high as harvest approaches in many areas of the Cotton Belt. Naturally, farmers are thinking “outside the boll” about how their cotton will yield, how it will grade and what type of return on investment they can expect. This month, we are encouraging them to also think “inside the boll” where the cottonseed lies. Unfortunately, decreased cottonseed ... Read More »

Cotton – For many, it’s personal

While sitting in the historic Abbay & Leatherman Commissary building and later driving through the beautiful flat land that characterizes the Mississippi Delta, Gary Bailey and I talked cotton. We went over all the physical details from planting the seed to protecting the plants to harvesting the crop and delivering it to its ultimate destination — Three Way Gin in ... Read More »

Footprints In the Field And On The Home Front

As the cotton crop rolls into mid-July, consultants are shifting into high gear across the Belt to nurture and protect the precious money bolls. This important segment of the industry is now in the height of its season. With that in mind, we have a “consultant-rich” issue of Cotton Farming this month. In “Turnage Farms” on page 8, cotton farmer ... Read More »

Bad Bugs of Summer

After reading Alabama entomologist Ron Smith’s My Turn column, “Picking On The Terrace Row,” I began to think about my own memories associated with cotton insects, the devastation they can cause and some of the methods associated with their control. As a child growing up in east-central Louisiana, I remember cotton fields lining every road leading into the small town ... Read More »

Technology Continues To Evolve

In my early years as an ag journalist, one of the biggest challenges was fine-tuning the timing for getting in touch with farmers and university personnel who spent their days from sun up to sun down in the field. After leaving a message on their home and office phones, I waited patiently for a call back late in the afternoon ... Read More »

You Can’t Do The Wave By Yourself

A popular pastime for fans at stadium sporting events is doing “the wave,” especially if their team is winning. It starts with a group of people jumping up, throwing their arms in the air, and then sitting back down. Another group nearby follows suit, then another and another. Viewed from a distance, these antics look like a wave rolling through ... Read More »