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Farmers Seek Clarity In Rewrite Of WOTUS Rule

COMMENTARY By Kari Fisher California Farm Bureau Federation The ongoing confusion continues over what is a “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) and about which waters can be regulated under the federal Clean Water Act, with farmers and ranchers hoping this current administration’s actions will bring much-needed clarity and certainty. On June 27, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Army ... Read More »

California Cotton Fungal Disease Moves Into Texas

Western report Fusarium Race 4 (FOV-4), a serious soil and seedborne cotton fungal disease, has found its way to Texas and threatens upland cotton production with potentially significant yield losses. Cotton breeder Dr. Jim Olvey and others are determined to ensure its impact on U.S. upland cotton will be minimized. With the help of farmers early in the 2016 season, ... Read More »

Overall Performance Looks Good

ARKANSAS The National Agricultural Statistics Service October Crop Production Report estimated Arkansas cotton production at 1 million bales, unchanged from the September forecast but 160,000 bales more than last year. Yield is expected to average 1,096 pounds per harvested acre, unchanged from last month but up 21 pounds from 2016 and slightly less than our five-year average of 1,101 pounds ... Read More »

Alabama Short Course Adds Cotton Topics

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is working with Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences to bring Alabama farmers the Row Crops Short Course. It will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center in Auburn, Alabama, Dec. 12-13. The general session begins each morning at 8:30. More Crops On The Roster Previously, Alabama Extension ... Read More »

Cotton Gin Trash Finds New Life In Power Production

Finding sustainable markets for gin trash, wood chips and other waste products could be viable in producing more electrical power for a growing global population, according to researchers. A demonstration was held recently on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station showcasing a biomass- fueled fluidized bed gasifier, using cotton gin trash and wood chips to power an ... Read More »

Alabama Cotton Crop Escapes Major Hurricane Damage

By Katie Wendland Alabama Extension Cotton producers are looking toward harvest in the wake of two major hurricanes that slammed into the Texas and Florida coasts. Hurricane Irma, though not originally expected to affect Alabama, hit many areas of the state with tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall. For some producers, rain was a welcome sight. Other producers’ fields took ... Read More »

Future Improvements Build On Past Successes

The U.S. cotton industry recently formalized goals to help further reduce the environmental impact of U.S.-grown cotton — a step that will improve the raw material’s popularity in the global textile sector. How did this come about? Four years ago, Cotton LEADS™ was co-founded by the U.S. and Australian cotton industries. The program is educating the cotton supply chain on ... Read More »