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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 »

State Support Program In The West

Although cotton producers in the West have seen a decrease in Cotton Research and Promotion Program (CRPP) State Support Program (SSP) funding over the past few years due to the decline of cotton production in the region, the SSP continues to finance important projects in California, Arizona and New Mexico. Following closely the mission of Cotton Incorporated, the SSP strives ... Read More »

Braden Cunningham Focuses On Efficiency And Conservation

As a general rule with a subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) system, a cotton farmer can average 4 bales of lint per acre with 4 gallons of water per-minute per-acre irrigation capacity, according to Craig Hoelscher, Eco-Drip vice president of operations. In 2016, Braden Cunningham surmounted this rule of thumb by producing 2,290 pounds of lint per acre on his highest-yielding ... 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 »

Tim Roberts: Cotton Consultant of the Year

Tim Roberts grew up in Southeast Arkansas where farming was prevalent and many of the local teenagers worked as cotton scouts or “bug checkers” as they were called at the time. In 1977, Arkansas cotton consultant Ken Gilbert hired Roberts and Roberts’ long-time friend, Billy Beegle, to work for him while they were in college. From 1980 to 1983, Gilbert ... Read More »

‘Flag The Technology’ Helps Identify Herbicide Sensitive Fields

By Blair Fannin, Texas A&M AgriLife The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Plant Protection Association have collaborated on a Flag the Technology program that identifies crop fields tolerant to certain herbicides. With two new herbicide-resistant technologies that will be widely used in cotton, corn and soybeans, program coordinators say it is critical farmers know which fields are ... Read More »

Good Quality & Yield Help Offset Volatile Cotton Prices

Aaron Martinka Editor’s note: Cotton Farming editor Carroll Smith went into the field this fall to capture the story of farmers’ experiences with the new Deltapine Bollgard II XtendFlex varieties. Following is her special report. Texas cotton producer Aaron Martinka, who grew up in Williamson County, recalls helping his dad, Laddie, on the farm by tromping trailers and hauling cotton ... Read More »