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LSU AgCenter names new soil fertility, agronomy specialist

rasel parvej

Rasel Parvej recently joined the LSU AgCenter Northeast Region faculty as assistant professor serving as a soil fertility and agronomy specialist. Parvej will have statewide responsibilities in row crop soil fertility. With research experience in cropping systems that include soybean, rice, corn, cotton and cover crops, he plans to work with producers to improve soil fertility through better nutrient management. ... Read More »

Manage regrowth prevent pest carryover to next season

cotton regrowth

• By Ethan Carter • The second week of November has finally brought cold temperatures to the Florida Panhandle, something needed to kill regrowth in cotton fields. The past several years, we have had increasingly warm winters with few to no hard freezes. As a result, pest populations that would have otherwise diminished during the winter have remained at high ... Read More »

USDA expects to begin 2nd round of MFP payments before Thanksgiving

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expected to begin making the second round of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments the week before Thanksgiving to help farmers suffering from trade retaliations by foreign nations. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities will be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected in addition to the 50% they already have received from the 2019 ... Read More »

Texas High Plains yields drop below original forecasts

Texas high plains cotton harvest

• By Seshadri Ramkuma • Yields in the High Plains of Texas are expected to be below what was originally forecast. “Yields are 25% to 30% off the normal,” said Mark Brown, director of field services for Lubbock, Texas-based Plains Cotton Growers Inc. During the Nov. 15 meeting of all the stakeholders from the cotton sector, discussion centered on this ... Read More »

Arkansas cotton, rice harvests beat the cold; fruit may suffer

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After a mild weekend of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50s, much of Arkansas found itself dealing with widespread rains and falling mercury throughout Monday. Tuesday, Nov. 12, the state awoke to a morning that declared itself as “winter” in no uncertain terms. The National Weather Service described Little Rock’s post-sunrise temperature as “22, feels like 9” degrees ... Read More »

MU gains part in $10 million USDA cover crop grant

missouri cover crops

Missouri agricultural scientists working in cover crops share in a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They will work with colleagues in 30 organizations across the country and around the world. “The five-year project aims to increase crop profitability and sustainability using cover crops and reduced tillage,” says Rob Myers, University of Missouri Extension cover crop specialist. ... Read More »

Blue Jeans Go Green program and PhytoGen renew partnership for 2020

star city FFA blue jeans recycling

Building on a successful first year, PhytoGen cottonseed brand will again team with Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program for 2020. As before, PhytoGen will organize denim collection drives at industry events across the Cotton Belt to help promote cotton’s sustainability and reduce textile waste. In early 2019, PhytoGen became the first cottonseed company to collaborate with ... Read More »