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A Tribute To ‘Footprints In The Field’

carroll smith

In the life of a cotton consultant, the day starts early and often lasts well past dark-thirty. The hours are long, but their passion for helping farmer-clients succeed and turn a profit on their cotton crop is boundless. In 1981, Cotton Farming magazine initiated the Cotton Consultant of the Year Award program. It recognizes a consultant who has made great ... Read More »

It’s Time To Set The Pace

carroll smith

“Drivers, start your engines!” is the official command that announces the beginning of the Indianapolis 500, which has been billed as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” It’s a daring, daunting, twisting, turning three-and-a-half hour adrenaline rush before the checkered flag signals a winner. Although there is no master of ceremonies or flagman on the turnrow, cotton farmers have their own ... Read More »

More Than One Way To Skin A Cat

carroll smith

I’ve always been impressed by farmers’ ability to adapt to the unknown and figure out ways around challenges or unexpected obstacles. When they embark on a new season, farmers can’t sit down and map out exactly how it is going to go. What they do know is that the weather and the markets can be fickle, and forecasts only go ... Read More »

As Farmers, ‘This Is How We Roll’

carroll smith

While so many familiar parts of our lives are being canceled, closed or put on hold in response to COVID-19, our farmers aren’t shutting down. The 2020 season is shifting into high gear, although in different stages depending on geographic location. In the more southern cotton-growing areas, planting is almost complete or close to being there. In other places, ground ... Read More »

2020: Play The Long Game

carroll smith

As we embark on the 2020 cotton-growing season, there are a lot of wild cards out there. Of course, weather is a given. And the next two in line are the United States-China Phase I implementation and the coronavirus outbreak that began in China and has spread virtually across the globe. In the 2020 World Cotton Outlook article on page ... Read More »

Focus On Faith, Hope And Confidence

carroll smith

Because we live in such a fast-moving world these days, bombarded by hysterical Chicken Little cries that “the sky is falling,” it’s often difficult to maintain a positive perspective. I believe the antidote is to slow down for a minute and consider the power of faith, hope and confidence. You may have seen examples of these ideas as part of ... Read More »

Into The Unknown

carroll smith

One of the big questions in the cotton industry is what does the millennial generation think about farming in today’s economic environment? The market is not that great, inputs are costly, and the global trade situation is iffy at times. If you are a “Facebooker,” or an “Instagramer,” you’ve probably seen numerous videos and comments posted by these young farmers ... Read More »