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Big Boots To Fill

Rann Williams

Oklahoma Brothers Carry On Cotton Legacy. By Carroll Smith, Editor — In 1906, the year before Oklahoma was granted statehood, the Williams’ family traveled in a covered wagon from Texas and homesteaded east of Altus. W.W. “Luck” Williams was a small-time farmer, and his son, Murray — who loved cotton more than anything in the world — started farming full-time ... Read More »

It’s B-A-A-A-C-K

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Bacterial Blight Reappears In The Delta, Damaging Fields And Prompting Repeated Calls For Use Of Resistant Varieties. By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor — Since bacterial blight reappeared in the Mississippi Delta in 2011 after a decades-long hiatus, researchers and consultants continue to debate the cause. But one thing they agree upon is one of the best ways to manage this ... Read More »

Tips To Maximize Planting Efficiency

Technology And Hands-On Efforts Work Together By Carroll Smith Editor An impressive lineup of cotton varieties is available for the 2018 growing season, and farmers have been busy deciding which ones to plant on their farms. Although phenomenal yields and good quality have been coming out of the field recently, cottonseed is not a cheap input. Because seed is a ... Read More »

Rolling Plains Cotton — 2017

A Farmer’s Perspective From The Heart Of Texas By Carroll Smith Editor The Rolling Plains region of Texas is marked by rows of tall turbines harnessing wind to produce energy, bouncing tumbleweeds and cotton fields stretching out as far as the eye can see. Mark Wright, who grows cotton near Roscoe, says his operation includes land originally owned by his ... Read More »

Mid-South Ginners Weigh In

Round Bales, Ginning Technology And A Positive Outlook For Cotton By Carroll Smith Editor As one of the seven cotton industry segments, ginners follow producers in the chain that ultimately leads to the textile manufacturer. Once cotton is harvested, it is delivered to the gin where the seed is separated from the lint. Perhaps incoming Southern Cotton Ginners Association President ... Read More »

Writing The Book

West Texas Producer Keeps Field Histories To Track Trends And Help With Future Seasons’ Planning By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor — Kevin Belt farms by the book.The producer of cotton and other row crops near Plainview, Texas, keeps a three-ring notebook with him to record agronomic activities throughout the season. Each field has its own page, where Belt notes variety, ... Read More »

Cloudy Irrigation Outlook

Water regulations, including sustainable groundwater act, make uncertainty the norm for California growers By Vicky Boyd Managing Editor During the six-year California drought that ended earlier this year, Travis Fugitt watched as the standing water level in his wells dropped to about 250 feet from 160 feet. A fourth-generation producer of cotton and diversified row and tree crops near Bakersfield, California, ... Read More »