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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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Bloom Period Considerations

The National Agricultural Statistics Service October Crop Production report estimated Arkansas cotton production to be at 1,088 pounds lint per acre, unchanged from last month but down 4 pounds from 2015. This exceeds our 5-year average of 1,073 pounds lint per acre by 15 pounds. Our crop continues to be ahead of schedule. As about half of our crop has been harvested this season, the 5-year average for the same date was just shy of 30 percent harvested. Reports of fiber quality have been good. Lack of rainfall during much of the harvest season has resulted in excellent color grades. Just over 45 percent has received a color grade of 31 or better. About 80 percent of the bales classed have a leaf grade of 4 or less. Micronaire values this season have averaged 4.6 with less than 17 percent in the discount range of 5 or greater. In Arkansas, we generally expect to see our early crop outyield our later crop. This is not what most farmers are experiencing this season. The extended wet and cloudy August weather came just as our early crop was starting to open. Reports of 1.25 to 1.5 bales per acre were heard from our early cotton as the occurrence of boll rot and hard lock was great. Fortunately, yields improved as harvest progressed. Our good fields are yielding in excess of 3 bales per acre. The 4-bale yield potential we had in many fields the first part of August slipped away. Read More »

Be On The Lookout

Entomologists from South Carolina, Mississippi and Texas offer an early outlook for potentially damaging cotton insect pests By Carroll Smith Editor Rows of young cotton not only are a beautiful sight to behold but also an attractive buffet for insect pests in search of a tasty bite. Entomologists in the Southeast, Mid-South and Texas have issued a be-on-the-lookout advisory for the ... Read More »

7 Tips for Successful Cotton Planting

From planting depth to thrips control, North Carolina cotton experts designed these reminders to help you achieve optimal stands and good early season growth. By Guy Collins North Carolina State University The wet and cold 2016 planting season we encountered in North Carolina reminded us all about the fragility of cotton seed and the difficulty in establishing an adequate stand ... Read More »

Thrips Forecasting Tool

By Dominic Reisig North Carolina State University Editor’s note: Dr. George Kennedy, North Carolina State University, has developed a tool for predicting thrips risk to cotton. Most everyone knows some type of preplant control measure is needed for thrips, whether it’s an insecticidal seed treatment or an in-furrow insecticide. But should you use a seed treatment and an in-furrow? What ... Read More »

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 »