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In This Issue
Timing Is Everything When Planting
Ag Secretary Pushes For Export Increase
Organic Crops Face Budget Cuts
Passion For Cotton Thrives In West Texas
Temik Shortage Poses Problems For Producers
‘Walking In The Shadow Of Giants’
Cotton's Agenda: Developing Demand
What Customers Want: Chinese Mills Demand Quality In Their Cotton
Editor's Note: Remembering A Special Trip To Japan
Industry Comments
Web Poll: Irrigation Helps Sustain Profitability
Specialists Speaking
Cotton Ginners Marketplace: The 3 Cs Of Cotton Modules
Industry News
Cotton Consultants Corner: An Open Mind & Positive Outlook
My Turn: What’s Old...Is Now New
Industry News print email

KBH Introduces ‘Cotton Spear’
For Round Module Handling

The KBH Corporation, based in Clarksdale, Miss., has announced plans to introduce the “Cotton Spear,” a round module handler developed by Senath, Mo., cotton producers who have been longtime KBH customers. The implement is designed to handle modules made by John Deere’s 7760 Cotton Picker.

“The Cotton Spear is less expensive, has lower maintenance and is easier to operate for round module handling,” says Tim Tenhet, national sales and marketing manager for KBH.

The unit’s four spears that pierce the module are constructed of special  heat-treated and tempered alloy steel. The spears’ arrangement, size and yield strength enable the unit to penetrate the cotton and carry the round module through tough field conditions. The removable spears ship and store easily during the off-season.

For more information, interested parties can call (800) 843-5241 or go to

Lubbock To Host Fundraiser
For American Ag Museum

A special fundraiser dinner event for Lubbock’s American Agriculture Museum will be held on May 5 at the Lubbock Civic Center.

The event will feature Texas television personality Bob Phillips, noted host of the “Texas Country Reporter.” The show has become popular across the state as it takes viewers to various rural areas and tells ag’s story in the Lone Star State.

The unique event will feature Phillips, along with live music, door prizes and a prime rib dinner. The goal is to raise money for the local agriculture museum and its “Building Our Dream” capital campaign.

The museum will break ground on Phase I of a first-class museum facility this year. With nearly 35,000 feet of exhibit space, a public meeting area and an agricultural literacy wing, the new museum will be a living memorial to the thousands of farm families who were pioneers in agriculture and made Lubbock what it is today.

For more information, contact Lacee Hoelting at the American Museum of Agriculture at (806) 239-5796 or

Good Maintenance Helps
Seed Storage Houses

As planting season begins, officials at Cliff Granberry Corporation are advising all ginners to inspect and make sure that the structural integrity of seed storage houses remains intact.

The company’s “Spee-D-flow” overhead seed house has been a standard for the industry since 1965. Jim Granberry, son of company founder Cliff Granberry, says many of the seed houses are now 30 to 40 years old and have been moved from gin to gin.

“Through the years, moisture and chemicals from seed along with humidity causes the inevitable...rust and corrosion,” he says. “Down time from a structural failure also causes economic harm to the gin.”

Granberry recommends implementing maintenance tips to avoid such problems. He suggests that the inside of the seed house be inspected and that all remaining seed be removed with a moderately high pressure wash. The removal of rust and corrosion is critical to avoid further deterioration and make repairs as necessary.

For more information, contact Jim Granberry at (972) 733-3078.

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