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Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Meier Family

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• By Julie Murphree • Editor’s note: As Arizona Farm Bureau nears the 100-year mark, Farm Bureau staff has reached out to long-time farm and ranch families to tell their stories about farming and ranching in this desert state. They now have profiled 119 families, and a great many of them are Arizona cotton farmers. Search on azfb.org for “Meet Arizona ... Read More »

Cotton Incorporated Combats FOV4 In The Southwest

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Across the South Plains, Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma and Kansas, the vast diversity of challenges in this year’s crop is clearly noticeable. Weather conditions, seed varieties and weed control issues have brought growers together on the turnrow to discuss critical production practice decisions for the 2018 cotton crop. In recent months, the discovery of Fusarium wilt race 4 (FOV4) in fields ... Read More »

The Boll Weevil War

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Farmers And Scientists Save Cotton In The South. • By Dominic Reisig, North Carolina State University • The boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) is not much to look at — just a grayish, little beetle with an impressively long snout. But this particular beetle, and its hunger for cotton, was powerful enough to forge an unprecedented partnership among farmers, legislators and scientists. ... Read More »

Transform My Community Contest Opens June 1

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By Carroll Smith, Editor — “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference,” says Tom Brokaw, television journalist and author. And giving just a small portion of your time is always part of that equation. The Transform My Community Contest, inspired by Transform WG insecticide and sponsored by Dow AgroSciences and Cotton Farming magazine, ... Read More »

Industry Remembers Leader For Devotion To Service

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Earl Wayne Sears was a national leader in the cotton industry known for his keen intellect, humble demeanor, long-standing friendships, and devotion to family, community and church. He passed away on April 3 in Memphis, Tennessee, surrounded by his beloved wife of 69 years, Gwendolyn Moon Sears, and family. Sears died from complications of Parkinson’s disease, which he handled with ... Read More »

2017 Cotton Consultant of the Year is Paul Pilsner

“My ancestors were early settlers of south-central Texas so ag is part of my DNA,” says Texas cotton consultant Paul Pilsner. “As a child, I remember watching my grandparents hand pick cotton on their small DeWitt County farm. “My dad was blessed with a position at Union Carbide, which allowed our family to live an iconic 1960s’ lifestyle in Victoria. ... Read More »