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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 »

Cotton’s Wow Factor

As the 2017 season gets underway, I am delighted and impressed by the “wow factor” reverberating throughout the cotton industry. One of the most exciting prospects is the cotton acreage increase expected across the Belt. According to the National Cotton Council’s 36th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey, “U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 11 million cotton acres this spring, ... Read More »

‘To Everything There Is A Season’

As a Louisiana woman who cherishes so many memories of cotton, it was startling to me to see the once-white landscape give way to other crops in 2007. It wasn’t that I had never seen soybeans before. My Dad grew them but not as his main crop. And I had seen corn but mostly in small patches of sweet corn ... Read More »