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Mid-South Farm & Gin Show moves to all-virtual format

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Organizers of the 2021 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis, Tennessee, have decided not to hold the event in person and will instead move it to an online virtual format this year. The event had been planned for Feb. 26-27 at the Renasant Convention Center, formerly the Cook Convention Center, in downtown Memphis. The decision was made following months ... Read More »

Texas A&M AgriLife plans virtual auxin training sessions

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Texas A&m AgriLife Extension Service — Lubbock is planning five virtual Zoom auxin-specific certification training sessions. With the exception of the first training Jan. 22, all subsequent trainings will take place on the second Friday of the month (Feb. 12, March 12, April 9 and May 14). All trainings will start at 9 a.m. CST and last one hour. One ... Read More »

Sustainable Cotton Farmer Showcase invites growers to join discussion

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The Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton project invites U.S. cotton farmers, consultants and soil health experts to join together to discuss improving soil health and analyzing its return on investment in cotton. Each of the eight conversations will feature producers, specialists and industry leaders from a specific production area. The program, which is held every Tuesday beginning at 2 p.m. ... Read More »

Digital agriculture connects dots for crop improvement

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• By Paul Schattenberg • Crop production is getting a boost thanks to high-tech methods of collecting, managing and analyzing data that are being used by Texas A&M AgriLife researchers and others. “Researchers with Texas A&M AgriLife Research, along with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agents and experts at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Purdue University, have been creating a ... Read More »

Louisiana Master Farmer Program graduates 2020 class

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The Louisiana Master Farmer Program, a Louisiana State University AgCenter-led initiative that teaches about conservation, recently graduated its 2020 class. Five new Master Farmer certifications as well as 14 recertifications were awarded  recently during a virtual meeting of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts. Also, Mead Hardwick of Tensas Parish was named the 2020 Louisiana Outstanding Master Farmer. To become ... Read More »

2020 proved a surprisingly steady year for most Arkansas crops

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Despite a year dominated by major weather systems run amuck and a global pandemic, most of Arkansas’ major crops came out ahead in 2020, according to a Jan. 12 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Overall, Arkansas growers harvested about 6.74 million acres of commodity crops in 2020, not including fruits and other specialty ... Read More »

Let’s review poultry litter as a row-crop fertilizer

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• By Larry Oldham • It is time to once again review using poultry litter, aka broiler litter, to fertilize row crops. Many growers now have their own experiences, so this should be a reminder. Prior to the last 10 to 15 years, poultry litter was primarily used to fertilize hay and forage crops in fields near the production facilities. ... Read More »