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Livin’ On A Prayer Depicts 2018 Season

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When Bon Jovi’s hit song “Livin’ on a Prayer” was released three decades ago, it quickly rose to the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 chart on Valentine’s Day 1987, according to Billboard. The lyrics particularly appeared to resonate with hard-working people trying to “hold on to what we’ve got.” Today, the phrase “livin’ on a prayer” has evolved ... Read More »

A Busy Man’s Gift Of Time Is Priceless

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An anonymous quote that popped up recently on my social media feed says, “A rich man buying you something means nothing, but a busy man giving you his time means everything.” I am not sure I agree with the first part of the quote. I believe any gift from someone should be appreciated no matter what the person’s financial status ... Read More »

Nothing Says Farming Like Family

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When a new baby comes into the world, everyone scrutinizes each little detail to see what has been passed down from one generation to the next.[adinser[ Does the child have Daddy’s eyes or maybe Mama’s big smile? Feel the grip of these strong fingers. Gonna be a good cotton picker driver! As the years go by, assessing physical attributes gives ... Read More »

One For The Books

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In looking back at the 2018 season, a multitude of adjectives come to mind that describe the weather and field conditions. Wet, hot, dry, windy, sunny, muddy — they ran the gamut this year. Some areas fared well, while others did not. In Specialists Speaking, the state cotton specialists did a good job of recapping what they saw in their ... Read More »

Come Hell Or High Water

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In the days before Hurricane Michael ripped across the Southeast, social media was blowing up with photos of some of the most beautiful cotton ever. Stunning fields of solid white gold. And then the weather forecast turned ugly. Meteorologists confirmed that Hurricane Michael was gaining strength and headed toward the Florida Panhandle. Southeast cotton farmers were racing the clock to ... Read More »

Texas Tech Football Game Scores A Big Win For Cotton

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• By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • Online encyclopedia Wikipedia defines synergy as the “creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts.” The Internet reference site must have had the Celebrate Cotton Football Game in mind. Through a partnership, Lubbock, Texas-based Plains Cotton Growers and the Texas Tech University Athletics Department have elevated cotton to ... Read More »

Fascination With Flying Pays Off In Agriculture

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Memories from very early childhood are often sketchy and sometimes hard to hold on to. But the ones that survive the test of time will probably stay with us forever. I remember a flying toy — not an airplane — I played with for hours in the 1950s. It basically was a plastic contraption attached to a long string on ... Read More »