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‘Major Player’ Pests In 2013

James Clower Clower Consulting Service, LLC St. Joseph, La My dad, Dr. Dan Clower, was the lead cotton entomologist at LSU AgCenter for many years and greatly influenced my life. I started checking cotton with him at a very early age – seven years old. Consultant Roger Carter also influenced me. Cotton entomology has been in our family for a ... Read More »

Pre-Season Planning Pays Off

Jack Royal Royal Agricultural Consulting Co., Inc. Leary, Ga. The 2012 crop is now behind us. We had great corn yields, super peanut yields (Georgia may have set a new record for pounds per acre.), and cotton yields turned out much better than we had first thought. The August rains, which caused boll rot, were followed by a warm September ... Read More »

3 Keys To Successful Variety Selection

Dr. Joel Faircloth Pfafftown, N.C. We are now “in the short rows” of making variety selection decisions. This may be the most critical decision a producer makes. Let’s take a look at three elements of variety selection. Field History Variety selection should be done on a field-by-field basis. A variety that is a rockstar in one field may not work ... Read More »

Assessing Impact Of 2012 Weather Conditions

Chris Tarno Tarno Crop Management Piggott, Ark. (Consults in Clay County, Ark.; Dunklin and New Madrid Counties in Missouri) It is the middle of November; the entire cotton crop has currently been picked, and a majority of it has been ginned. For the weather conditions that we had for this year’s crop, I am very pleased with the yields that ... Read More »

Water Chased The Crop Dollars In Texas Panhandle

Eric Leach Crop consultant with Ag Aviation Muleshoe, Texas As they say, time does fly when you’re having fun. In 1984, I took an internship job scouting fields for Fred Locker’s business, Ag Aviation, in Muleshoe, Texas. Muleshoe is northwest of Lubbock in the Texas Panhandle. I thought I was earning credits for my degree in Entomology from Texas Tech ... Read More »

Dealing With Details

Lucas Pitre Direct Agronomics LLC Ville Platte, La. After several years of working for a consulting firm, this past year I had the opportunity to start my own agricultural consulting business. Throughout the year, I have learned the importance of details. Having information organized in an easy-to-access manner and planning efficient travel routes have proven to save significant time and ... Read More »