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‘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 »

A Time For Reflection

As the season comes to a close or at least slows down a bit, those of us in the agricultural world typically take time to reflect on the past year’s events in preparation for the upcoming one. In many respects, 2017 was an emotional roller coaster for cotton. In the Specialists Speaking section, our experts addressed what went right, what ... Read More »

Keep Optimism In The Forefront For 2018

The 2017 cotton season was bittersweet, considering the havoc wreaked on some areas by extreme weather and the bountiful harvest in others where conditions were favorable. Good or bad, the end results are almost in the rearview mirror. Now it’s time to start planning for next year. Oklahoma native Will Rogers once said, “The farmer has to be an optimist ... Read More »

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like ‘Cotton’

On Sept. 22, as I prepared to start my day, I reflected on all the cotton-related images I’ve seen this month that covered one end of the spectrum to the other. Unfortunately, this journey began with devastating photos from South Texas. When Hurricane Harvey rolled in the latter part of August, it blew the tarps off many rectangular modules, scattering ... Read More »

Think Outside And Inside The Boll

Anticipation is running high as harvest approaches in many areas of the Cotton Belt. Naturally, farmers are thinking “outside the boll” about how their cotton will yield, how it will grade and what type of return on investment they can expect. This month, we are encouraging them to also think “inside the boll” where the cottonseed lies. Unfortunately, decreased cottonseed ... Read More »