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Crop Maturity And Timely Harvest

If there was one factor that I could change in our approach to cotton harvest in the Southeast, it would be to get it done…IN A HURRY. Timeliness preserves yield and quality. But 2013 presents the challenge of picking much of the crop in a timely fashion and, yet, on some late, late cotton, waiting until the last possible moment to pull the trigger. Read More »

Persistence Keeps Cotton Competitive

Billy Bryant Bryant Consulting Services, Inc. Leflore County, Mississippi When I was 14 years old, I started scouting cotton for Bill Harris, a local consultant here in the county and a charter member of the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association. I worked for Bill for eight crops, and he was really instrumental in steering me toward a consulting career. After college, ... Read More »

Prepare To Spray Longer For Insects

Kevin Corban Corban Agri. Consulting, Inc. Rolling Fork, Miss. My interest in consulting began at a young age when I used to ride with my dad, Frank Corban, who was the County Agent for Sharkey County at the time. He made calls on local farmers to advise them on things like weed control, insect control and spray rig calibration. As ... Read More »

‘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 »