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Improvement Comes From Reflection

"We do not learn from experience," philosopher John Dewey said. "We learn from reflecting on experience." As Texas cotton growers are in the midst of or nearing cotton harvest, this is an ideal time to gauge the success of the season and determine how to improve in the future. I always emphasize the importance of reflecting on what worked well over the past growing season to be ready for the next year. Read More »

Manage Plant Bugs to Score Higher Yields

Larry Walton Field Scientist, Dow AgroSciences Tupelo, Miss. Growers focused on maximizing cotton yield in the Mid-South must be prepared to manage plant bugs. For a successful ending to any season, Larry Walton says growers must plant on time, scout constantly and carefully plan insecticide treatments. Now in his 34th cotton season, Walton knows that no one can predict how ... Read More »

2014 Is Off To A Good Start

I grew up on a farm near Drew in the Mississippi Delta. My dad, H.T. Miller, Jr. sent me to a scouting school when I was 15 years old. During the summer months, I checked cotton for local farmers, then went on to study agriculture at Mississippi State University. Read More »

Control Early Season Pests

Dr. Brooks Blanche, Cotton Development Specialist, Dow AgroSciences St. Joseph, La. This winter and spring in the Mid-South will be remembered for recordbreaking cold temperatures and ample rainfall. While this has some advantages for reducing insect populations and recharging soil moisture profiles, it is a great disadvantage as the planting season approaches. Thrips Affect Seedling Vigor, Yield Potential This year, ... Read More »

Increasing Profits Is The Main Goal

Daniel Fowler Fowler Crop Consulting, Inc. Roanoke Rapids, N.C. During the summers in high school and college, I scouted for two great consultants and went to work for one of them after graduating from North Carolina State University. Two years later, I started my own business – Fowler Crop Consulting, Inc. I love working with growers and helping them organize ... Read More »

Cotton Consultants Corner: Making Choices To Ensure Success

CHRIS DRAKE OWNER OF SANDY POINTS FARMS AND TERRITORY AGRONOMIST FOR PHYTOGEN COTTONSEED NEWSOMS, VA. I am a fourth-generation farmer in Southampton County, Va. During the summers while in college, I was employed by different entities in which I worked with cotton programs, including those at the Virginia Agricultural Experiment Station under the direction of the cotton specialist. Meanwhile, I ... Read More »

Wild Ride For Missouri Cotton

In 1984, when I was fresh out of high school, I had the opportunity to work with Dr. Ed Kowalski, who, at the time, was with the University of Missouri. About every 10 days, he came down to one of our local retailers, got a group of us together and taught us how to scout for thrips, plant bugs and worms during the pre-Bt days. Read More »