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Robert Royal : SCGA’s President Wants Cotton Stability

EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert Royal is a farmer-ginner in Midnight, Miss., and is currently serving as president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association. In this in-depth interview with Cotton Farming magazine, he discusses a wide range of issues confronting the Mid-South ginning industry as well as the entire Cotton Belt. Can cotton achieve some kind of stability in the next few ... Read More »

Why Do Farmers Stay With Cotton?

Luckey Family In West Tennessee Stays Committed To A Rotation Program That Always Works By Tommy Horton Editor The question is heard across the Cotton Belt today with increasing frequency. What motivates a farmer to keep growing cotton in the face of strong corn and soybean prices? If you talk to enough farmers, you can find a lot of interesting ... Read More »

Conservation, Efficiency: Keys To Arizona Farms’ Water Issues

By Tommy Horton Editor No region of the Cotton Belt is immune to water issues affecting producers and their urban neighbors. From California to the Carolinas, the ongoing challenge is to find available water that can keep all parties happy. This is becoming even more of a major test in Arizona where the interests of farmers are pitted against growing ... Read More »

Familiar Insect Pests Will Be Back Again

EDITOR’S NOTE: Nobody has a better understanding of insect pressure on a cotton farm than a consultant. He is on the turnrow every day checking fields and making recommendations. Veteran consultants Wes Briggs (Georgia), Tim Roberts (Tennessee), Mark Nemec (Texas) and Ryan Tregaskes (Arizona) offer the following reports on cotton insect pests they expect to see in their regions this ... Read More »

Cotton’s Tradition Creates Optimism

BY LIA GUTHRIE PUBLISHER As most of you may know, I usually try starting my yearly Publisher’s Note with some profound quote. This year, there is a couple that come to mind. The first one is, “to everything there is a season.” Some of us may initially think the verse is from the hit song of the mid-60s; but it ... Read More »

UC-Davis Scientist Awarded Special Grant

New grants totaling $8.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Agency for Internat-ional Development and industry partners are helping University of California-Davis plant scientist Eduardo Blumwald reach out to feed and fuel the world. With his laboratory colleagues, Blumwald uses genetic engineering to improve the drought tolerance and efficiency of switchgrass, a native North American grass valued for ... Read More »

BWCC To Host Consultants Again

Consultants are an important part of cotton production each year and will be one of the most important groups attending the Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC) on Jan. 7-10 in San Antonio, Texas. For the sixth consecutive year, the event will host a Consultants’ Conference that includes a half-day program beginning at noon on Jan. 7 at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel. ... Read More »