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High Yields Possible During Texas Drought

BY TOMMY HORTON EDITOR What are the odds of a young producer in the High Plains of Texas delivering five-bale cotton yields in 2011 and three-bale yelds in 2012? Initially, it seems impossible if you consider drought conditions that have existed in the region for the past two years. However, that is exactly what 27-year-old producer Justin Foster has accomplished. ... Read More »

U.S.-EU Talks Could Open Doors For Trade

JOSH ROLPH CALIF. FARM BUREAU I have heard it said many times the last few years that agriculture has been the bright spot in California’s lagging economy. All data suggest that fair and open trade with foreign markets plays a significant role. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture just announced – in its words – “an astonishing trend” for ... Read More »

3 Keys To Successful Variety Selection

Dr. Joel Faircloth Pfafftown, N.C. We are now “in the short rows” of making variety selection decisions. This may be the most critical decision a producer makes. Let’s take a look at three elements of variety selection. Field History Variety selection should be done on a field-by-field basis. A variety that is a rockstar in one field may not work ... Read More »

Early Rainfall Affected Agricenter Crop

BY BRUCE KIRKSEY AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL MEMPHIS, TENN. I have been involved in agricultural research for more than 25 years. Over these years, we in agriculture have experienced some outstanding new technologies, record yields, adverse weather conditions and many, many challenges. I have written several articles lately, and a common theme appears to be that of challenge. 2012 was no different ... Read More »