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  • 2018 Seed Variety Guide

    2018 Seed Variety Guide

    Yield, Quality And Traits The menu of cotton varieties from which to choose in 2018 includes a host of high-yielding, good quality selections. To help you get started, seed companies from across the Cotton Belt provided information about their headliners on pages 10, 11, 12, 13 and 16 in the annual Seed Variety Guide published by Cotton Farming. Discuss priorities with your consultant and seed representative to match your operation’s needs with these outstanding characteristics and traits. And then place your order for the upcoming 2018 season with confidence. Read More »
  • New Year Cotton Policy Update

    It is vital that generic base (former/previous cotton base) now or in the new Farm Bill be converted into something of value for the cotton grower.’ Under the 2014 Farm Bill (2014-2018 crop years), cotton is not a “covered commodity” and thus not eligible for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. Here are several changes made to cotton in the 2014 Farm Bill. Cotton is not a covered commodity and not eligible for ARC/PLC. Cotton base could not be updated or reallocated. Cotton base became Generic Base. On a farm Farm Serial Number (FSN) with generic base, acres planted ... Read More »
  • Deltapine Cotton Shows Strong Yield, Quality Potential In West Texas

    Deltapine Cotton Shows Strong Yield, Quality Potential In West Texas

    Cotton Farming editor Carroll Smith went into the field last fall to capture strong cotton stories from farmers who planted Deltapine Bollgard II XtendFlex varieties. Following is her special report on Ty Turnipseed in Texas. Ty Turnipseed is a fourth-generation West Texas farmer whose family shares a bond to cotton and Texas Tech football. His great grandfather Bert Eads and grandfather Travis Turnipseed farmed cotton and ran cattle. Ty’s father Bruce started farming with Travis in 1991, and Ty came on board Turnipseed Family Farms in 2017. The operation is in Hockley County about 12 miles southeast of Levelland. Besides ... Read More »
  • Take Precautions With Hunting, ATVs

    Take Precautions With Hunting, ATVs

    Hunting and driving all-terrain vehicles are so linked in Mississippi that many people forget safety precautions when using these powerful machines. Bradley Staton, Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H ATV associate, offers a few tips to increase the chances people will have a safe time in the woods on ATVs. “Always wear protective gear,” Staton says. “That means a helmet to protect the head if you lose control and flip the ATV and appropriate clothing, including long sleeves, a jacket and boots. And, since it’s hunting season, always wear an orange vest so others hunters in the same area can ... Read More »
  • Elevating Efficiency

    Elevating Efficiency

    How do the Beltwide Cotton Conferences contribute? The BWCC provides the findings from cutting edge research and technology aimed at increasing productivity. The performances, both good and bad, of crop inputs and production systems are examined along with other cotton production challenges and opportunities. Specifically, the BWCC facilitates interaction among leading scientists, consultants, Extension/agribusiness personnel and county agents. Their discussion of the latest research findings not only aids in the fine-tuning of research efforts and product development but also in the immediate application of innovative and proven production techniques and tools. For example, the 2018 BWCC Cotton Consultants Conference featured ... Read More »
  • Cotton Ginning Marketplace

    The Cotton Industry Mourns The Passing Of Dick Adams It is with great sadness that the California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association announces the passing of long time Raisin City Co-op Gin Manager Richard (Dick) Adams Dec. 11, 2017, after a short illness. Born on Sept. 4, 1932, Richard grew up in Porterville, California. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict as a tank commander. Richard was the recipient of two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star of Valor. He was also past president of the Korean War Veterans Association and a vital hand in ... Read More »
  • Five New Bayer Varieties Focus On High Yields

    Five New Bayer Varieties Focus On High Yields

    Yield rules the day and gin turnout adds to the power of five new Bayer varieties that will be available in limited quantities for 2018 planting. “Choosing the right variety for the right field to harvest the right yield is paramount to successfully managing a cotton crop,” says Jason Wistehuff, Bayer product manager for FiberMax and Stoneville cotton. “We set growers up for success by giving them the options they need to choose the right variety for each field. These new varieties combine with our existing variety lineup to ground the season in sound science. Growers apply their management skills ... Read More »