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EPA Relaxes Restrictions On Dicamba Use In Texas Cotton

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The Environmental Protection Agency has eased restrictions on dicamba herbicide use by Texas cotton farmers, according to an announcement by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. This is a direct result of a cooperative push by the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension services, and Texas cotton farmers. The current EPA label for dicamba is deemed too ... Read More »

Healthy Soils For Sustainable Cotton Field Day Set For July 25 In Arkansas

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Cotton producers are invited to participate in a Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Field Day, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., July 25, at the Brinkley Convention Center, 1501 Weatherby Dr., in Brinkley, Arkansas. After an overview of the day’s activities, producers will travel to area farms to learn more about equipment needs, cover crop mixes, soil biology and soil health ... Read More »

Texas Tech, USDA Agree To Move Cotton Classing Facility To Tech Campus

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Calling it a “historic day for us,” leaders from Texas Tech University signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to move its cotton classing facility to a new location on the Texas Tech campus near the Rawls Golf Course. They also participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking. Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec said the facility also will provide educational ... Read More »

NASS Acreage Report Out — Arkansas Cotton, Soybeans Up For A Recount

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The strangeness of Arkansas’ rain-soaked planting season sloshed over into Friday’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Acreage report, with the agency saying it would be collecting additional information on the state’s soybeans and cotton. NASS said that in July, it would collect information on crops in 14 states, including a recount on soybeans and cotton in Arkansas, since neither had reached ... Read More »

July 25 Field Day To Feature Healthy Soils, Sustainable Cotton

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Two farmer-mentors, specialists from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Soil Health Institute will guide growers on July 25 through demonstrations and discussions of ways to improve soil health on Arkansas cotton farms. The Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Farm Field Day in Arkansas will start at 8 a.m. at the Brinkley Convention Center, 1501 Weatherby ... Read More »

Start Scouting As Plants Bugs, Stink Bugs Move Into Cotton Early

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The season’s early onset of drought-like conditions has several insects on the move early. Plant bugs and stink bugs are moving from their wild host plants into cotton earlier than farmers usually expect. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Ron Smith says the plant bug situation is not one producers are unfamiliar with, but earlier action will be required to keep ... Read More »

Threecornered Alfalfa Hoppers Damaging Young Cotton

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• By Angus Catchot • I have had quite a few calls this year about threecornered alfalfa hoppers in cotton. There have been a few treatments on limited acres to date. In the past damage has usually been confined to field borders, but again this year it seems to be more widespread across whole fields in the areas where they ... Read More »