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Seed Decisions – Every Year Is Different
It’s Time To Make Crucial Decisions
Companies Unite On Weed Issue
California Farmers Want GPS Systems Protected
Consultants Conference Continues To Thrive
Under Armour, Cotton – A Special Partnership
California Farm Bureau Welcomes Trade Pacts
Managing Risk
Let's Get Back To Basics
Vilsack Issues Call For Young Farmers
Chinese Scientists Visit Georgia
U.S. Cotton Quality Continues To Improve
Landscape Has Changed For Varieties
Web Poll: Drought Affects Fall Burndown
Cotton's Agenda
Crop Insurance – An Important Tool
What Customers Want
Editor's Note
Specialist Speaking
Industry News
Cotton Ginners Marketplace
My Turn: In Search Of A ‘Normal Year’
Industry News print email

High School Students Help In Texas Tech Research

The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University has made history for the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry’s (TAPPI) nonwovens division due to the university’s involvement of high school students in its cotton nonwovens research.

Kahan Chavda, a senior from St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas; Aarav Chavda, a junior from St. Mark’s School of Texas; Ronald Kendall Jr., a senior from Lubbock Coronado High School; and Luke Kitten, a senior from Lubbock Trinity High School, participated in the research.

The research from these high school students contributed to the work on oil absorption by cotton nonwovens and was presented at the leading nonwovens conference in Atlanta.

“This is a very significant achievement,” says TAPPI president Larry Montague. “To my knowledge, this is the first time that high school students were specifically targeted and brought to an event like TAPPI.”

The students not only attended the conference but also participated in the program sessions, as well as interacted with professionals already working in the nonwovens industry.

TIEHH’s research focuses on West Texas cotton, specifically the 10 percent of cotton that, due to the weather in the region, doesn’t fully mature and must be sold at a discounted rate.

Cotton Museum Will Host Annual Fundraiser Event

The Cotton Museum in Memphis, Tenn., will host its 5th Ann-ual Harvest Party to help raise funds for the facility. The event will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Earnestine & Hazel’s restaurant at 531 South Main Street in downtown Memphis.

Tickets are $100 per person. Museum members may purchase tickets for $75.

Individual sponsors of the event are Amelia Barton, Mia and Paul Henely, Laura Lee and Trey Jones, Betsy and Walt Mullins, Carol and Mike Palazola, Courtney and Bryan Smith and Emily and Ross Webster.

Corporate sponsors are Bayer CropScience, Olam Cotton, Cargill and Cargill Mid-South.

For more information, interested parties may call (901) 531-7826.

MANA Gains Approval For New Herbicide

Parallel Plus herbicide, manufactured by MANA Crop Protection, has received approval by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a new state of the art formulation of metolachlor and atrazine for use on corn and grain sorghum.

Using MANA Crop Protection proprietary technology, new Parallel Plus provides superior and effective levels of material stability, optimizing suspension integrity during pre-season (winter) storage and in advance of spring application. Parallel Plus also requires less time and manual attention to handling and mixing – eliminating the need for monthly re-circulation during extended storage periods. In comparison to other metolachlor/atrazine offerings, re-search completed by the manufacturer has shown that Parallel Plus surpasses the competition of these specific suspension and product handling characteristics.

For more information about MANA Crop Protection, Parallel Plus and other products in the portfolio, visit

Case IH Supports FFA With Special Donation

Case IH is pleased to continue its long-standing support of the National FFA Foundation by donating a new, one-of-a-kind Case skid steer nicknamed, “Red Power,” to be auctioned off later next year to benefit the National FFA Foundation.

From a practical standpoint, “Red Power” is a Case model SV250 skid steer, with 82 gross engine horsepower and a 2,500-pound rated operating capacity (ROC). Factory features include a full cab with heat and air conditioning and switchable (pattern) electro-hydraulic (EH) controls.

What makes “Red Power” extraordinary are its exclusive features including added dual chrome exhaust stacks, custom eight-spoke pattern wheels with chrome center caps and lugs, tinted cab windows and a custom red leather seat. For additional information, go to

MANA Completes Merger With Chinese Company

Makhteshim Agan Group (MAI), a world leader in crop protection solutions, has announced that a majority interest of its publically owned shares was acquired by China National Agrochemical Corporation, a full subsidiary of China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina).

Upon this announcement, MAI becomes a private company with 60 percent ownership by ChemChina and 40 percent by Koor Industries Ltd. ChemChina is one of the top 500 companies in the world and the largest chemical producer in China. Koor Industries Ltd. is part of the Israeli holding company IDB Group, and a long time shareholder of MAI stock.

The merger occurred following the approval of MAI shareholders and U.S., European and Brazilian anti-trust authorities. The MAI and ChemChina merger is the largest transaction ever concluded between a Chinese and an Israeli company and represents a significant milestone in MAI’s 65-year history.

For additional information, go to

Mississippi State To Host Row Crop Short Course Event

The annual Row Crop Short Course will be conducted at the Bost Extension Center at Mississippi State University on Dec. 5-7.

On the first day, the program will begin with a Phenoxy Crops Symp-osium sponsored by the Mississippi Weed Science Society. Also scheduled is an informal gathering at the MAFES Conference Center. On the second day, the program will feature a presentation on weed resistance from Georgia weed scientist Stanley Culpepper. Also speaking will be soybean producer Kip Cullers, who is the world recordholder for soybean yields.

A shrimp and steak supper will be hosted by the Starkville Country Club on Tuesday night. The final day of the Short Course will be held on Wednesday morning.

For more information, contact Tammy Scott at (662) 325-2701 or

MACA Switches Dates For Annual Conference

The Mississippi Ag Consultants Association (MACA) will have its 39th Annual Meeting on Feb. 14-15 at the Bost Center on the Mississippi State University campus.

MACA committee meetings and Exhibit Hall setup are scheduled for Monday, Feb. 14. Additional agenda information and registration will be posted on the MACA Web site at Contact Carol Bullard by email at

Gramoxone SL Herbicide Receives Registration

Syngenta has announced the registration of Gramoxone SL herbicide, a new formulation of Gramoxone with increased mixing compatibility and improved handling characteristics.

A Syngenta Resistance Fighter brand, Gramoxone SL offers the same control of a broad spectrum of weeds and grass as Gramoxone Inteon herbicide, including those with resistance to other herbicides.

The new formulation contains the same concentration of paraquat as Gramoxone Inteon, but without the Inteon (alginate) technology. Gramox-one SL mixes readily with various qualities of water and calcium-containing nitrogen fertilizers, including CAN17.

For more information, contact the Syngenta Customer Center or go to

Kevin Latner Accepts Position As CCI’s Executive Director

The National Cotton Council has announced that Kevin Latner, a veteran Foreign Agriculture Service attache, will become executive director of Cotton Council International.

CCI is the export promotions arm of the NCC and carries out programs in more than 50 countries globally under the COTTON USA trademark. Head-quartered in Washington, D.C., CCI has offices in Memphis, London, Hong Kong, Seoul and Shanghai, along with a global network of representatives.

Latner, who worked for the U.S. Grains Council in Beijing and as an independent consultant on trade issues, holds three degrees from the University of California at Davis: a bachelor of arts in International Relations, a master’s in Agricultural Economics and a Juris Doctor in International Trade Law. He begins his duties on Dec. 1.

Dow Launches Program To Control Waterhemp Weed

Waterhemp has a cunning way of adapting, with an emergence pattern that lasts throughout the summer and has an ability to produce a large number of seeds.

The survivability of the weed was demonstrated in recently released results from a University of Nebraska evaluation involving a grass field, where sequential treatments ofan auxin herbicide over a 15-year period resulted in an isolated caseof resistance.

The Enlist Weed Control System, under development by Dow Agro-Sciences, was designed with resistance management principles in mind and an understanding that nature (including the weed control landscape) will always adapt; effective weed control technology must be ready to handle its many changes.

The Enlist system combines herbicide tolerance traits that will enable the use of glyphosate, glufosinate (in soybeans and cotton), and FOP chemistries (in corn) as well as new 2,4-D choline, to combat a wide range of weed pressures.

CCI Hosts Korean Executives On Manufacturers Tour

CCI hosted the COTTON USA Korean Apparel Manufacturers Tour to the United States, Oct. 3-7. Twenty Korean yarn and fabric sourcing executives and garment production executives participated in the tour.

The group’s first stop was Memphis, Tenn., where the executives visited a cotton farm and gin, USDA cotton classing office, National Cotton Council and Allenberg trading company. The group then divided into four groups to visit the factories of several COTTON USA Sourcing Program members.

The U.S. spinning mills represented in the group included Buhler, Frontier, Jo Mar, Parkdale, Tuscarora and Zagis. The group also included U.S. knitting mills such as Antex Knitting Mills and Tontempora Fabrics.

The Korean textile and garment manufacturers that have operations in Central America and the Caribbean continue to be important clients for U.S. yarns and fabrics. The event also created an opportunity to bring together the supply chain from yarn to garment and show the benefits of U.S.-grown raw cotton.

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