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Cultural Change

Growers Tap Cover Crops And No-Till To Aid Soil Health, Cut Input Costs • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • Pigweed was getting the better of Adam Chappell in 2010 when he decided he had to rein in weed control costs if he and his brother were to stay in farming. He turned to cover crops combined with no-till farming. ... Read More »

Wrangler Highlights Farmers, Sustainability

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Preserving The Land And Farming Lifestyle Are The Goals Of These Family Farming Operations That Represent Five States In The Cotton Belt. • By Amanda Huber, Southeast Editor • Wrangler, the iconic global jeanswear and casual apparel company, has partnered with cotton producers to create a locally sourced denim collection honoring land stewardship and sustainability on the farm. Using the ... Read More »

McLain Farms

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Texas Panhandle Operation Rotates Cotton And Cattle. • By Carroll Smith, Editor • Shane McLain and his wife, SammiJo, operate a stripper cotton and cow-calf business in Castro County, Texas, between Hart and Nazareth. This area of West Texas is part of the Panhandle — the northernmost 26 counties in the state where cotton acreage is fast replacing grain as ... Read More »

Across The Belt

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Cotton Planting Described As Mixed Bag In 2019. • By Carroll Smith, Editor • This year’s planting season has been a mixed bag with Mother Nature taking the reins in producing unusual weather in some areas of the Cotton Belt. Other parts of the U.S. cotton-growing region were somewhat dry and waiting on a rain to get seed in the ... Read More »

Cotton Blue Disease

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Southeast Experts Share Information About Potential Threat To The 2019 Crop • By Carroll Smith, Editor • Cotton blue disease is caused by the Cotton leaf-roll dwarf virus and transmitted by aphids. Although it is not particularly worrisome for producers at this point, it has caught the attention of researchers, Extension personnel and others who work with farmers in parts ... Read More »

Don’t Mess With Texas

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Cotton Acreage Continues To Climb In Northern Texas Panhandle • By Kay Ledbetter • Cotton acreage has almost tripled in the past five years in the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service District 1, which covers the 22 northernmost counties in the Panhandle. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, says the cropping picture has definitely changed as producers deal with ... Read More »

Northerly Migration

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Construction of new and larger gins mirrors increasing cotton acres in the north Texas High Plains • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • The number and sheer size of cotton gins in the north Texas High Plains continues to grow, fueled by burgeoning cotton acres. Although the region doesn’t have the groundwater reserves it once had, it still has a better ... Read More »