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2018 Seed Variety Guide

Yield, Quality And Traits The menu of cotton varieties from which to choose in 2018 includes a host of high-yielding, good quality selections. To help you get started, seed companies from across the Cotton Belt provided information about their headliners on pages 10, 11, 12, 13 and 16 in the annual Seed Variety Guide published by Cotton Farming. Discuss priorities ... Read More »

Alabama Short Course Adds Cotton Topics

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is working with Auburn University’s Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences to bring Alabama farmers the Row Crops Short Course. It will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center in Auburn, Alabama, Dec. 12-13. The general session begins each morning at 8:30. More Crops On The Roster Previously, Alabama Extension ... Read More »

Disastrous Wildfires Show Need For Improved Policies

Commentary California Farm Bureau advocates for an end to ‘fire borrowing’ and takes other actions to reform forestry practices By Erin Huston California Farm Bureau Federation As dozens of wildfires burn across California and other Western states, the pressure ratchets up on Congress to take long-awaited action to reform federal policy on forestry and wildfire prevention. In mid-September, two members of ... Read More »

Alabama Cotton Crop Escapes Major Hurricane Damage

By Katie Wendland Alabama Extension Cotton producers are looking toward harvest in the wake of two major hurricanes that slammed into the Texas and Florida coasts. Hurricane Irma, though not originally expected to affect Alabama, hit many areas of the state with tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall. For some producers, rain was a welcome sight. Other producers’ fields took ... Read More »

In-Season Cotton Picker Cleaning/Servicing Tips

Properly cleaning and servicing the cotton picker each night or morning will result in better performance and lower potential of fire throughout the day. Most producers do a thorough cleaning from top to bottom before greasing, adding fluids, and inspecting and repairing. Here are some picker cleaning and servicing tips from Cotton Incorporated. Cleaning Procedures Check engine oil and coolant ... Read More »

2017 Transform My Community Contest Begins Aug. 1

By Carroll Smith Editor Singer and philanthropist Bryan Adams once said, “I like the idea of helping people help people.” To expand that thought, one might say, “I like the idea of helping people help their communities.” The Transform My Community Contest, inspired by Transform WG insecticide and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and Cotton Farming magazine, is a way for ... Read More »

Bloom Period Considerations

The National Agricultural Statistics Service October Crop Production report estimated Arkansas cotton production to be at 1,088 pounds lint per acre, unchanged from last month but down 4 pounds from 2015. This exceeds our 5-year average of 1,073 pounds lint per acre by 15 pounds. Our crop continues to be ahead of schedule. As about half of our crop has been harvested this season, the 5-year average for the same date was just shy of 30 percent harvested. Reports of fiber quality have been good. Lack of rainfall during much of the harvest season has resulted in excellent color grades. Just over 45 percent has received a color grade of 31 or better. About 80 percent of the bales classed have a leaf grade of 4 or less. Micronaire values this season have averaged 4.6 with less than 17 percent in the discount range of 5 or greater. In Arkansas, we generally expect to see our early crop outyield our later crop. This is not what most farmers are experiencing this season. The extended wet and cloudy August weather came just as our early crop was starting to open. Reports of 1.25 to 1.5 bales per acre were heard from our early cotton as the occurrence of boll rot and hard lock was great. Fortunately, yields improved as harvest progressed. Our good fields are yielding in excess of 3 bales per acre. The 4-bale yield potential we had in many fields the first part of August slipped away. Read More »