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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 »

A Forward-Thinking Legacy

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Texas Cotton Farmer Shares His Thoughts About The ‘Everchanging’ Nature Of Technology • By Cassidy Nemec • Todd Westerfeld is not new to the farming industry. He comes from a family farming tradition, including his father and grandfather before him, and uses knowledge gained over generations for his current production model. Westerfeld, after working with his dad on their operation ... Read More »

Cotton Fertility: Plan Wisely For Efficiency And A Good Return On Investment

BY DARRIN DODDS Editor’s Note: As the 2020 cotton-growing season gets underway, we thought it would be a good idea to share some information about cotton fertility to help keep your cotton healthy and not overload your pocketbook. During the Mississippi State University Row Crop Short Course, Professor and Head, Plant and Soil Sciences, Darrin Dodds, Ph.D., talked about spending ... Read More »