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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 »

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 ... 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 »

Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Mark Lange, who served as president and chief executive officer for the National Cotton Council from 2003 until his retirement in 2015, is the recipient of the 2016 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award. He was honored during the National Cotton Council’s 2017 annual meeting held in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 10-12. The award, named for the late California industry ... Read More »

Texas Poised To Lead The Way

TCGA Annual Meeting & Trade show BY TONY WILLIAMS TCGA EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT As cotton planters prepare to roll across Texas, a feeling of anticipation is in the air — and for good reason. Most areas experienced an exceptional crop in 2016, soil moisture is good, the market is looking up, and plans to build a large gin in the ... Read More »

Arizona Ginner Charles C. Owen Honored

Lifetime Achievement Award Arizona Ginner Honored The late Charles C. Owen, an Arizona ginner whose career was marked by his strong desire to advance the U.S. cotton industry through quality preservation, research, employee education and outreach to U.S. cotton’s customers, is the recipient of the 2016 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at the National Cotton Council’s ... Read More »