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Webinar series offers soil health information to cotton producers

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The Soil Health Institute’s Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton project recently launched a webinar series. New episodes will be offered weekly from now until mid-May on the institute’s YouTube Channel and soil health training webpage, according to a news release. “This targeted soil health training provides relevant information to farmers, consultants, and other field conservationists for implementing more sustainable farming ... Read More »

Thomasson returns to MSU as ag & biological engineering head

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A precision agriculture and cotton ginning expert is the new head of Mississippi State’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. J. Alex Thomasson will take the reins of the MSU department effective July 1, pending approval of the State Board of Trustees, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. A 15-year veteran and current endowed chairholder in cotton engineering, ginning and mechanization ... Read More »

Texas AgriLife agronomist is on a mission to halt rural COVID-19 spread

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Dr. Calvin Trostle, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agronomist in Lubbock, is a regular fixture on many agriculture radio programs in and around the center of the South Plains. His message, however, is reaching farther than ever as stations share his message with dozens of their nationwide syndicated affiliates. Given his broad platform, Trostle decided it was time to discuss something ... Read More »

Texas A&M to host online early season cotton conference, April 8

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be holding an online early season cotton conference on April 8 from 8:30 a.m. to noon on the web conferencing platform Zoom. The cost is $10. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/101212364908, and pay with a credit card online. Once registration and payment are complete, participants will get a Zoom link to the online meeting. Participants ... Read More »

Ben McKnight joins Texas A&M AgriLife as statewide cotton specialist

• By Kay Ledbetter • Dr. Ben McKnight returned to familiar territory as he assumed the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide cotton specialist position, April 1. He is based at the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at College Station. Dr. Larry Redmon, associate department head and AgriLife Extension program leader for the department, said the ... Read More »

Winter rains helped replenished soil profile in much of Texas

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Good rains last fall filled soil moisture profiles for much of the state and set up a good yield potential for Texas farmers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock, said lines between areas with plenty of good soil moisture and those dealing with drought were distinct. Big rains in the ... Read More »

COVID-19 crisis could modify Mississippi planting intentions

Weather always plays a role in the spring planting decisions of Mississippi row-crop producers, but the market impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is another variable they will have to consider in 2020. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Prospective Plantings report released March 31 estimates that growers intend to plant 4.06 million total acres of row crops in Mississippi this ... Read More »