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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 »

Louisiana Strong

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Layers Of Support Contribute To Success • By Carroll Smith, Editor • Thomas “Tap” Parker says he always loved everything about farming but did not step into a large, multi-generational operation. His mother and father, Marie “Tweet” and Bill, owned 300 acres of farmland near Lake Providence, Louisiana, along with a small gas station and fuel distributorship. “After my father died ... Read More »

2018 Field To Market Farmer Of The Year

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Louisiana Cotton Farmer Honored For Sustainability Leadership And Outstanding Conservation. As a Louisiana black bear cub meanders along the fields of Somerset Plantation in Tensas Parish, Louisiana, Jay Hardwick is mindful of the important role farmers must play in balancing the needs of agriculture with the needs of the land. Formerly listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species ... Read More »