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  • 2017 Cotton Consultant of the Year is Paul Pilsner

    2017 Cotton Consultant of the Year is Paul Pilsner

    “My ancestors were early settlers of south-central Texas so ag is part of my DNA,” says Texas cotton consultant Paul Pilsner. “As a child, I remember watching my grandparents hand pick cotton on their small DeWitt County farm. “My dad was blessed with a position at Union Carbide, which allowed our family to live an iconic 1960s’ lifestyle in Victoria. My brother and I were told we could be anything we wanted to be. Read More »
  • Is More Better?

    Is More Better?

    Two Texas A&M Studies Examine Optimum Seeding Rates To Maximize Boll Development And Yield — By Kay Ledbetter — New and returning cotton producers may want to carefully consider row spacing and seeding rates when they get ready to plant during the next few months, according to two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomists. Read More »
  • Staying the Course

    Staying the Course

    Southern Southeastern Annual Meeting Cotton Farmers And Ginners Gather To Share Ideas And Honor Peers — By Carroll Smith, Editor — The Annual Meeting of the Southern Cotton Growers and the Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association was held recently in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Participants from across the Southeast came together to address important issues that affect the industry on regional, national and international levels. Read More »
  • Aldicarb Labeled In Tennessee For 2018

    Aldicarb Labeled In Tennessee For 2018

    By Scott Stewart, IPM Extension Specialist —  It came as kind of surprise to me to find out that AgLogic 15G (aldicarb), a replacement for Temik, is labeled in Tennessee. My understanding is that the label will expire June 30. Thus, those wanting to apply this product in-furrow for control of thrips and nematodes in cotton can do so in 2018. Read More »
  • Seeking Economic Stability

    Seeking Economic Stability

    Restoring economic stability for the U.S. cotton industry, which includes remaining active in the trade and regulatory arenas, continues to dominate the National Cotton Council’s agenda. What about recent policy changes? • We were very pleased with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s recent announcement that USDA will provide a Cotton Ginning Cost Share (CGCS) program that offsets a portion of a producer’s 2016 crop season ginning costs — like the previous CGCS program. Read More »
  • Ginning Industry Continues To Focus On OSHA Issues

    Ginning Industry Continues To Focus On OSHA Issues

    We discussed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses as it progressed last year. The first reporting deadline for 2016 data was Dec. 1, 2017. It was moved back several times as industry pushed to get the rule repealed. But ultimately OSHA refused, and the rule did go into effect. For 2017 data, the deadline is July 1, 2018, but you may want to get this done now. The first question is, “What data needs to be submitted?” Read More »
  • Growers overcome challenges to make One Ton Club

    Growers overcome challenges to make One Ton Club

    Despite challenging weather in many production regions in 2017, 188 producers still qualified for the FiberMax One Ton Club, which recognizes growers who harvested 2,000 pounds of lint on irrigated ground using FiberMax varieties. Of those, 30 were first-timers. Altogether during the program’s 13-year history, Bayer CropScience has honored 1,086 cotton growers for the feat. Read More »