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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 »

Texas A&M study examines producers’ soil health decisions

center-pivot, Texas

Farmers are aware of the benefits of soil health. However, the difficulty in quantifying soil health, diminishing availability of land that results in higher land prices, the time necessary to improve soil health, and the need to turn a profit often discourage farmers from adopting soil health promoting practices. Dr. Erin Kiella, an assistant research economist with the Real Estate ... Read More »

Anderson County couple wins Texas Farm Bureau YF&R contest

McInnis couple

The seeds of a dream tended with much hard work and perseverance have one young couple reaping the rewards. It’s a bountiful harvest for first-generation farmers Braden and Jordan McInnis of Anderson County. The couple was named the winner of Texas Farm Bureau’s 2019 Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher competition at the organization’s recent 86th Annual Meeting in San Antonio. ... Read More »

Despite late planting for some, Arkansas cotton outlook bright at end of 2019

picking cotton near Scott, Ark.

Arkansas cotton growers may remember 2019 as one of their better years, despite a downward revision of expected yields, said Bill Robertson, extension cotton agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. In October, the National Agricultural Statistics Service forecast Arkansas’ average yield at 1157 pounds per acre, but in November revised that downward to 1,102 pounds per ... Read More »

World Ag Expo names ‘Top 10 New Products’

MY20 8RX by John Deere

Results are in for World Ag Expo’s Top-10 New Products Competition, with the winners being showcased Feb. 11-13, 2020, during the World Ag Expo in Tulare, California. Exhibitors submitted new products for judging by a panel comprising farmers, ranchers and industry professionals. The Top-10 New Products competition is once again sponsored by Bank of America, according to a news release. ... Read More »

Deltapine Class of ’20 features 6 new varieties with high yield potential

dave albers

U.S. cotton growers will have access to new Bollgard 3 XtendFlex varieties that have demonstrated the outstanding yield and fiber quality performance of DP1646 B2XF with the recent launch of the Deltapine Class of ’20 in New Orleans. “The Class of ’20 is the strongest class of varieties since starting the Deltapine New Product Evaluator Program in 2008,” Keylon Gholston, ... Read More »

PhytoGen introduces 2 new cottonseed varieties for 2020

phy 400 w3fe

PhytoGen plans to have two new cottonseed varieties, PhytoGen brand PHY 400 W3FE and PHY 500 W3FE, available for the 2020 season. These two varieties enhance the company’s wide-ranging portfolio of maturity levels, according to a news release. The two new varieties exceeded criteria for commercial advancement after on-farm evaluations were completed by more than 75 PhytoGen Horizon Network growers ... Read More »