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West Texas Operation Capitalizes On Teamwork • By Carroll Smith, Editor • The West Texas cotton production region is hot and dry with limited groundwater and an average rainfall of about 16 inches. However, in the past four years, precipitation has not reached this mark, which has proved challenging for area farmers, especially on dryland acres. “Although we are limited ... Read More »

Planning Season

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As 2021 Begins, Cotton Consultants Share Their Thoughts • By Carroll Smith, Editor • Cotton Farming recently conducted a question-and-answer session with several of the past recipients of the Cotton Consultant of the Year award. They included Eddy Cates (2019), Tucker Miller (2004), Paul Pilsner (2017), Jack Royal (2006) and Mark Scott (2018). Here is a synopsis of their responses. ... Read More »

Researchers evaluate improvements in Texas cotton nutrition

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The last 30 years have seen tremendous technological and biological advancements in the cotton industry, resulting in growing yields each year – depending on the weather – that has helped boost the industry worldwide. The development of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant cotton cultivars through breeding has brought about not only increased yield but better management practices by farmers that has shifted ... Read More »

2021 Cotton Variety Guide

2021 cotton variety guide

The menu of cotton varieties from which to choose in 2021 includes a host of high-yielding, good-quality selections. To help you get started, seed companies from across the Cotton Belt provided information about their headliners. Discuss priorities with your consultant and seed representatives to match your operation’s needs with these outstanding characteristics and traits. And then place your order for ... Read More »

Arkansas Breeder Reflects On 50 Years Of Cotton

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Dr. Fred Bourland was born and raised on a cotton and soybean farm in northeast Arkansas. He began working in cotton breeding as a graduate student at the University of Arkansas in 1970 and has been actively involved in the discipline since then. During a recent webinar, Bourland shared his 50 years’ perspective on cotton. This synopsis highlights some of ... Read More »

Get The Dirt On Soil

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Regular Sampling Provides Nutrient Status, Taking Much Of The Guesswork Out Of Soil Fertility • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • Mississippi State University Extension cotton specialist Brian Pieralisi likes to look at soil as a kind of bank account into which you make nutrient deposits and the plants make nutrient withdrawals. And much like a financial account, if you ... Read More »

Reeves Family Farms

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Rockin’ The Hills Of West Tennessee • By Carroll Smith, Editor • In the late 1800s, Ernest Reeves traveled from Canada and settled in Fayette County, Tennessee, where the Loosahatchie River runs through the rolling hills and bottomland of this fertile agricultural area. When Ernest passed away in his 80s, his son, E.A. Reeves, dropped out of the 11th grade ... Read More »