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The Next Best Thing To Rain Is Irrigation

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During a recent conversation with West Texas cotton producer Shawn Holladay, he said, “There’s nothing that makes you look like a better farmer than a good rain.” Although no one will argue against rain being the lifeblood of farming, sometimes Mother Nature is stingy with her water. When there is not a cloud in the sky or a hint of ... Read More »

Bugs Back In The Day: Fiends In The Field

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Some memories, along with photographs I have seen from the past, are as horrifying as a clip from the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds.” But instead of birds, I’m talking about bugs. More specifically, relentless cotton insects. A book titled “The Boll Weevil: How To Prosper in Boll Weevil Territory,” authored by G. H. Alford in 1916, contains a ... Read More »

Passing The Baton

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Looking back on the history of a farming operation can sometimes involve measuring the growth in acreage, comparing yield results from one year to another, and calculating the return on investment for improvements made. Another aspect worthy of contemplation is the human element. Read More »

A Seat At The Table

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Although you may not embrace her politics, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) penned an interesting quote when she said, “If you don’t have a seat at the table, you’re probably on the menu.” Many people in the cotton industry may have felt they were being gobbled up like the main course Read More »

‘Advice From A Wise Old Man’

Words to contemplate and live by often come from unexpected and sometimes anonymous sources. While scrolling through Facebook last weekend, I ran across a post that caught my eye. It was titled “Advice From A Wise Old Man.” There was no author mentioned so I suppose this falls into the anonymous category. I have always believed in listening to my ... Read More »

Varieties Can Create Positive Chain Reaction

Much as a coach studies his roster to pick the best starting lineup of players for an important game, cotton farmers pore over cottonseed offerings to choose the ones most likely to result in a successful season. The wheels start turning even as harvesters are running through the field. Farmers check the numbers on their yield monitors to see how ... Read More »

The Scent of Cautious Optimism

With 2017 barely in the books, cotton folks have sung “Auld Lang Syne” and are donning their Baby New Year top hats to begin preparations for next season. The scent of cautious optimism is on everyone’s breath as they pass along tidbits of good cotton news that come their way. It’s always refreshing to start off the new year by ... Read More »