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World Ag Expo cancels 2021 show, reschedules for 2022

world ag expo

Organizers of the 2021 World Ag Expo in Tulare, California, have canceled the event, originally planned for Feb. 9-11, 2021, in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The event, which boasts 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space and more than 1,400 exhibitors, will return Feb. 8-10, 2022, to the International Agri-Center in Tulare. “After working with the Tulare County ... Read More »

EPA proposes sweeping changes to Bt crops in the Cotton Belt

bollworms cotton

• By Pat Porter • This week, the Environmental Protection Agency released a draft plan that essentially overhauls many of the regulations around insect resistance management in Bt crops grown in the Cotton Belt. There are many major changes proposed, one of which is that field failures are presumed to be cases of “practical resistance” if certain criteria are met ... Read More »

Mississippi cotton has a strong boll set nearing harvest

mississippi cotton

Mississippi has a good-looking cotton crop in most places, but acreage is down to 520,000 acres because of a rainy planting season and unfavorable market conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Aug. 31 estimated 65% of the state’s crop to be in good or excellent condition. The rest is considered fair, with just 8% in poor condition. State growers ... Read More »

Tips for successful harvest prep, defoliation this season

open boll

• By Bill Robertson, Tom Barber and Jason Davis • We are quickly approaching the finish line with this cotton crop. We have a very good and uniform boll load. While hurricane Laura has changed the complexion of this crop, most believe yield projections are still very good. The abundant moisture situation from Laura has basically given our crop a ... Read More »

3 ag chem wholesalers/retailers form joint venture as GreenPoint AG

greenpoint ag logo

Agri-AFC, GreenPoint AG and Tennessee Farmers Cooperative have formed a joint venture combining their agronomy operations and will operate under the banner “GreenPoint AG.” The combination will include all operations of Agri-AFC LLC’s wholesale and retail business, GreenPoint AG’s retail business and Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s wholesale agronomy business.a The combined GreenPoint AG is owned by three parent companies: Alabama Farmers ... Read More »

Know Thy Enemy

arkansas nematode sampling

Sample Regularly To Identify Shifts In Nematode Populations, Species • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • In his book about military strategy, “The Art of War,” Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu talked of winning the battle by knowing your enemy. The same can be said for plant parasitic nematodes that lurk in soils and may attack cotton roots, causing yield loss ... Read More »