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Big Boots To Fill

Rann Williams

Oklahoma Brothers Carry On Cotton Legacy. By Carroll Smith, Editor — In 1906, the year before Oklahoma was granted statehood, the Williams’ family traveled in a covered wagon from Texas and homesteaded east of Altus. W.W. “Luck” Williams was a small-time farmer, and his son, Murray — who loved cotton more than anything in the world — started farming full-time ... Read More »

Transform My Community Contest Opens June 1

transform my community

By Carroll Smith, Editor — “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference,” says Tom Brokaw, television journalist and author. And giving just a small portion of your time is always part of that equation. The Transform My Community Contest, inspired by Transform WG insecticide and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and Cotton Farming magazine, ... Read More »

Attention To Detail

gary adams, ncc

The National Cotton Council prepared a document that provides significant clarity regarding the new Seed Cotton Program that was contained in recently enacted legislation. What’s the major policy change? • As noted in the March column, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 makes “seed cotton” (upland lint and cottonseed combined) eligible for the Agriculture Risk Coverage/Price Loss Coverage (ARC/PLC) policies ... Read More »

Industry Remembers Leader For Devotion To Service

earl sears

Earl Wayne Sears was a national leader in the cotton industry known for his keen intellect, humble demeanor, long-standing friendships, and devotion to family, community and church. He passed away on April 3 in Memphis, Tennessee, surrounded by his beloved wife of 69 years, Gwendolyn Moon Sears, and family. Sears died from complications of Parkinson’s disease, which he handled with ... Read More »

Cotton On Mars In The Future?

automated sensors

The idea of growing cotton on Mars seems farfetched right now, but the future of cotton production and harvest has changed rapidly in the past 10 years. Today, Cotton Incorporated and Southeast researchers are developing technology for an army of small autonomous robots, often called swarm bots, that could revolutionize the way cotton is harvested, making it more efficient and ... Read More »

It’s B-A-A-A-C-K

bacterial blight leaf spot

Bacterial Blight Reappears In The Delta, Damaging Fields And Prompting Repeated Calls For Use Of Resistant Varieties. By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor — Since bacterial blight reappeared in the Mississippi Delta in 2011 after a decades-long hiatus, researchers and consultants continue to debate the cause. But one thing they agree upon is one of the best ways to manage this ... Read More »

Bollworm Resistance In Dual-Gene Bt Cotton

bollworm

By Stacey Gorman, Cotton Board Director of Communications — Cotton is susceptible to a wide range of pests, so it’s only natural that insect management is one of the highest variable costs associated with producing the crop. This year, as growers prepare for the upcoming cotton growing season, entomologists across the Cotton Belt are calling attention to an emerging pest ... Read More »