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Be Proactive, Not Reactive, in 2015

Wes Briggs Briggs Crop Servics, Inc. Bainbridge, GA While in high school, I spent my summers employed by crop protection companies as an ag laborer. After entering Mississippi State, I had the opportunity to work under Jack Reed and Randy Luttrell – two of the best cotton researchers with the MAFES Department of Entomology. In 1990, I checked cotton with ... Read More »

Painting The Big Picture In Texas

Mike Lovelace Field Scientist, Dow AgroSciences Lubbock, Texas As with other farming regions, Texas growers are faced each year with a host of agronomic challenges, unpredictable weather and pest outbreaks that can impact their crops – and their profit potential. Texas cotton production is as big and diverse as the state itself, and it’s challenging to paint a picture with ... Read More »

Tailor Plans To Achieve Goals

Les Goodson Goodson Crop Consulting, LLC Monette, Ark. In 1998, while I was in high school, Dale Wells hired me to scout cotton. I guess something stuck, because this will be my 18th consecutive season to be scouting crops. After graduating from college, I continued working with Dale, as a full-time consultant, for Cotton Services, Inc. in Leachville, Ark. This ... Read More »

Breaking Barriers

Dr. Robert Lemon PhytoGen Cotton Development Specialist Dow AgroSciences, East Texas I recently was visiting with some Upper Gulf Coast growers, reflecting on the outstanding cotton crops we’ve made over the past three years. We’ve had numerous growers break the three- to four-bale per acre barrier – dryland! And even more amazing, in the Blacklands! So, folks ask me, “Why ... Read More »

2014 Consultant of the Year: Stan Winslow

What motivates a person to pursue a career as a cotton consultant? No matter how that question is posed, you might receive numerous answers. But, one familiar theme rings true for those who have chosen this career – commitment. A consultant is the farmer’s partner year-round and treats his customers’ acreage as if it were his own. Just call him ... Read More »

Focus On Maximum Economic Yield

Joe Cely Cely Crop Consulting Pamplico, S.C. I was a county agent for 30 years with Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service. When I retired in 1996 here in Florence, I started consulting full-time. In 2004, my daughter, Ellen, joined me, and now we are partners in Cely Crop Consulting based in Pamplico. Our growers take soil samples early in order ... Read More »

Staying On Top Of Pests Is Key

My family was in the retail fertilizer application business, so I have been around agriculture all of my life. While I was in college, a local consultant in the Clarksdale area hired me and taught me how to scout crops. After graduating from Mississippi State in 1994, my dad was farming, so I started checking the fields on our farm ... Read More »