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Before you plant, think about your thrips-control strategies

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• By Scott Graham • As the 2021 cotton production season approaches, it is time to start preparing for thrips management. Thrips are the dominate insect pest of seedling cotton in Alabama. Each year, thrips infest 100% of the acres planted statewide. Due to this, thrips must be managed with an at-plant insecticide. There are several options for at-plant management ... Read More »

Texas Caprock Crop Production Conference set for April 1

palmer pigweed in texas cotton

The Caprock Crop Production Conference for Crosby and Floyd counties is set for April 1 in Floyd County. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service event will take place at the Floyd County Friends Unity Center, 990 Farm-to-Market Road 786 in Muncy. The cost is $45. Advanced registration is requested by March 25 for this in-person meeting so all COVID-related precautions ... Read More »

Commodity prices favorable for Texas row-crop producers

texas cotton bolls

Texas row crop producers might have the luxury of choosing between sorghum, corn and cotton as all three commodities are seeing high prices with the 2021 planting season underway, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension grain economist, Bryan-College Station, said farmers will have options in 2021 based on market prices but may ... Read More »

Texas A&M cotton trials provide producers valuable information

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• By Kay Ledbetter • As cotton producers across the Texas High Plains begin preparing for a new season, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists are providing up-to-date information on the performance results of commercially available varieties across the state during 2020 trials. The annual Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluation, RACE, trials conducted by AgriLife Extension specialists and agents are sponsored ... Read More »

Researchers collaborate to help Carolina cotton growers conserve soil

bhupinder farmaha

Earth’s population is expected to increase by more than 2 billion people by 2050 and, to help ensure there is enough food and fiber to go around, keeping soils healthy is crucial. Bhupinder Farmaha, a soil nutrient management specialist at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center, believes using cover crops and conservation tillage in cotton may be just what the ... Read More »

Texas A&M researchers identify ideal cover crop species for SE Texas

triticale cover crop

Under the right conditions, cover crops are a tool for improvement. After harvesting a crop like cotton or grain sorghum, a cover crop rotation can increase soil organic matter, recycle nutrients, prevent erosion and suppress weeds. Even though farmers and ranchers across the Southeast have seen these benefits and moved towards cover cropping systems, several factors have limited their adoption ... Read More »