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Who Is Going To Show Up?

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Sports is a competitive environment. Before a big game, the TV announcers typically spend at least an hour or so on air speculating which team will win. Somewhere in the dialogue, they’ve been known to say, “It depends on who shows up.” I interpret this to mean, “Which team will play to their potential today?” It takes strategy and hard ... Read More »

Time — The Fourth Dimension Of The Universe

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While watching TV the other night, I wasn’t surprised that the ongoing pandemic was still at the top of the newsreel. What caught my attention was the announcer’s topic for the segment: “before time.” He, along with his virtual guests, shared memories of what life was like before COVID-19 disrupted what we perceive as the natural ebb and flow of ... Read More »

Imparting Knowledge And Wisdom

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While standing in the checkout line at the grocery store, a copy of The Old Farmer’s Almanac 2021 caught my eye. I haven’t picked one up in a while, so I decided to refresh my memory about what it has to offer. The reference book was established in 1792, and according to its website is “North America’s most popular reference ... Read More »

‘Life Is More Fun With Skin In The Game’

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At the end of January as the Super Bowl approached, I noticed a gambling site commercial running regularly on TV. “Life is more fun with skin in the game,” it said. I don’t bet big bucks on football, but I have been known to put up a penny a point in a competitive bridge game. Or a nickel a point ... Read More »

A New Year’s Toast To Those Who Keep The Wheels Turning

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Without a doubt, every segment of the cotton industry is important. Each one is intertwined with the others and has a role to play as we all strive for success. The traditional New Year’s toast to celebrate a new beginning has been around a long time and practiced by many. Today, I would like to raise a glass to our ... Read More »

Hope For The Future

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As we prepare to close the book on a year that has challenged every fiber of our being, we look forward to starting a new chapter full of hope. Perusing the pages of this issue of Cotton Farming will confirm there really is hope for the future. In the cover story on page 12, researchers at Texas Tech and Texas ... Read More »

The Bright Side Of 2020?

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In a year that has been described as the “devil’s scourge” by so many if not literally than figuratively, I believe it’s therapeutic to push aside the negative aspects and concentrate on the positives. As I wrapped up this issue of Cotton Farming, it occurred to me that every article in the magazine shines the proverbial “light at the end ... Read More »