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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 »

When To Take A ‘Chill Pill’

Cotton, Cutout And Termination Of Insecticide Applications Scott Stewart IPM Specialist University of Tennessee Extension Cotton becomes less sensitive to injury from tarnished plant bugs and other pests as it matures. Below are data from a multi-state study done in the Mid-South on Bt cotton. It shows that terminating insecticide application for tarnished plant bug too early can cause substantial ... Read More »

Taking it to the field

By Carroll Smith Editor The bulk of the cotton acres in Tennessee fall within Tipton, Fayette, Madison, Hardiman, Haywood, Crockett and Lauderdale counties. Dow AgroSciences and PhytoGen experts recently held a reporter field day just inside Haywood County to share their latest seed, trait and crop protection strategies. Tennessee cotton farmer Kevin Earnheart also spoke at the event. Earnheart — ... Read More »

Late-Season Online Resources

If local information from crop consultants or Extension agents is unavailable and a Western cotton producer needs quick access to crop information, there are a number of online resources available to help them explore late-season production options. For agronomic, irrigation, pest control and defoliation concerns, California, Arizona and New Mexico producers can obtain up-to-date, seasonal information from grower organizations and ... Read More »

Weed Management Optimism

Special Report Texas Cotton Farmer Encouraged By Initial Experience With Herbicide-Tolerant Trait System For too long, cotton farmers in some parts of Texas have been frustrated trying to manage herbicide-resistant careless weed, waterhemp, marestail and giant ragweed. This season offered them the chance to put a new herbicide-tolerant trait system to work, and many approve of what they’ve seen. In the ... Read More »

High-Quality Cotton Attracting Export Demand, Higher Prices

Special Report By BLAIR FANNIN TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE The 2016 U.S. cotton crop produced high yields and high-quality fiber, triggering a spike in export demand and higher market prices, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. “No question, we had high-quality cotton produced in 2016 that was widespread across the board,” says Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension cotton ... 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 »