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Agworld acquires Greenbook pesticide label database

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Agworld recently acquired all of the assets of Greenbook, a comprehensive database of crop protection labels and information, from Farm Journal. The move will allow Agworld to complement and expand its current offerings that provide collaborative farm management on a single platform. “This is going to be a core part of what we do and how we run the Agworld ... Read More »

UGA cotton agronomist wants to reduce weather risk through research

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• By Clint Thompson • Georgia’s cotton crop was decimated by Hurricane Michael in 2018. Now, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist Jared Whitaker is hoping his research will help alleviate some of the risks associated with harvesting cotton when tropical systems arrive in the fall. “With cotton production, we can’t do anything to prevent damage to the crop ... Read More »

Dry Texas winter weather could extend into spring, summer

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Drier than normal conditions this winter could be a harbinger for a hotter-than-normal summer if future weather patterns fail to deliver moisture. As Texas A&M AgriLife Extension district reporters compiled district summaries, many showed dry winter conditions. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension isn’t the only one who’s taken notice. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas state climatologist, said conditions have been fairly dry ... Read More »

Disaster relief authorized for producers affected by extreme drought

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Recent passage of a Congressional act may bring relief to farmers who experienced crop losses due to drought in 2018 and 2019. In December 2019, Congress passed the FY2020 Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, making crop production losses due to “quality losses of crops, drought and excessive soil moisture” in crop years 2018 and 2019 eligible for Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity ... Read More »

Arkansas ginning goes into extra innings

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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 »

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

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• 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 »