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Arkansas ginning goes into extra innings

Bootheel cotton

For the second straight year, Arkansas’ “ginning season” may go into extra innings. Despite the wet weather delays, growers had good reason to be optimistic about their 2019 crop, said Bill Robertson, Extension cotton agronomist, and Scott Stiles, Extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The optimism is palpable, taking the form of a bale backlog ... Read More »

LSU’s Dan Fromme honored as 2020 Cotton Specialist of the Year

Bill Robertson, Dan Fromme

• By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • Dr. Dan Fromme, who grew up on a Texas cotton farm and has been working in cotton most of his life, was recognized as the 2020 Cotton Specialist of the Year during the recent Beltwide Cotton Conferences in Austin, Texas. A professor and state Extension specialist in cotton, corn and grain sorghum at ... Read More »

PhytoGen growers to trial reniform-resistant cotton varieties in 2020

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PhytoGen Horizon Network growers will plant the industry’s first reniform-resistant cottonseed varieties in 2020. A first for the cotton industry, these three PhytoGen pre-commercial varieties include the PhytoGen Breeding Trait for reniform resistance, which offers naturally occurring native traits for built-in, season-long protection. During the 2019 season, company cotton development specialists conducted on-farm trials evaluating the trait. The reniform-resistant varieties ... Read More »

BASF launches new FiberMax variety for 2020

kenny melton

• By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • BASF plans to launch one new cotton variety for the 2020 season, sticking to its belief that any new release should offer a benefit over existing ones. “We tested five experimental lines last year and we’ll be launching just one,” said Kenny Melton, BASF western region agronomic manager. “We want to make sure ... Read More »

Into The Unknown

carroll smith

One of the big questions in the cotton industry is what does the millennial generation think about farming in today’s economic environment? The market is not that great, inputs are costly, and the global trade situation is iffy at times. If you are a “Facebooker,” or an “Instagramer,” you’ve probably seen numerous videos and comments posted by these young farmers ... Read More »

Growing Georgia Agriculture

the jimmersons

State Cotton Farmers Compete For National Title In 2010, Preston and Kendall Jimmerson were pondering their future. Preston was a four-year insurance agent with Lee County, Georgia, Farm Bureau. But farm life had caught his attention. Kendall grew up on Moss Family Farm, then owned by her father, Rick Moss. Preston talked with his father-in-law and told him he’d like ... Read More »

Secretary Perdue Statement on House Passage of USMCA

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement, Dec. 19, after the House of Representatives passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by a bipartisan vote of 385-41. “I’ve long said that support for USMCA crosses political parties, the bipartisan passage of the agreement today is proof of that,” Perdue says. “I am pleased the House finally brought this agreement to ... Read More »