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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 »

Good Guys, Bad Guys

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Consider The Use Of ‘Natural Enemies’ To Help Control Western Cotton Pests • By Carroll Smith, Editor • In the Arizona cotton insect arena, the most notorious villains are Lygus bugs and sweetpotato or silverleaf whiteflies. Lygus damage squares with their piercing-sucking mouthparts, which can adversely affect potential yield. Whiteflies are also piercing, sucking pests. But they primarily cause cotton ... Read More »

Public Enemy No. 1

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Follow Dynamic Stink Bug Thresholds To Time Sprays, Maximize Cotton Yields In The Southeast • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • In the Southeast cotton belt, stink bugs are public enemy No. 1 year in and year out, feeding on developing seeds within the bolls, reducing yield potential and fiber quality, and promoting hardlock. “For the Southeast, it’s been a ... Read More »

Dan Jackson

Dan Jackson

GINNER OF THE YEAR • By Carroll Smith, Editor • ‘‘I am a second-generation ginner who grew up in a gin office and literally took my first steps there,” says Dan Jackson, manager for Meadow Farmers Co-op Gin in Meadow, Texas. “My dad, Max Jackson, ran a small gin east of Lubbock — McClung Co-op — and my mom, Mary ... Read More »