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Keep an Eye on Thrips

Thrips are tiny, but mighty, insects that have the ability to delay maturity and damage cotton in the very early stages of growth, and, if not controlled properly, reduce lint yield at harvest. Gus Lorenz, University of Arkansas entomologist, says, “We rank thrips as the No. 2 pest right behind plant bugs. If you look at dollars spent and damage ... Read More »

Texas Continues to Battle Fleahopper

Right now our cotton on the Coastal Bend is in the squaring stage of development. At this point, the primary pest that we worry about the most is the cotton fleahopper. This is a traditional pest that you'll find in the eastern and southern part of the state – and certainly more so than in the High Plains. Read More »

Cotton Board Completes Successful Annual Meeting

The Cotton Board recently conducted its March Annual Meeting in Santa Fe., N.M., where board members, in their respective committees, reviewed Cotton Incorporated’s proposed plans for 2015 and developed strategic recommendations. The meeting was well attended by both producer and importer board members who serve the Cotton Research and Promotion Program. The recommendations drafted by the Cotton Board will soon ... Read More »

New Initiative To Address Water Issues

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) will make $6 million in grants available this year, and up to $30 million total over the next five years as part of a new initiative to provide solutions to agricultural water challenges. The grants will be used to develop management practices, technologies and tools ... Read More »

Delta’s Mike Sturdivant Learns To Adapt

By Tommy Horton Editor Never let it be said that Mississippi Delta cotton producer Mike Sturdivant Jr. lacks the ability to adapt to new technology or changing production environments on his farm. Complacency simply isn’t a part of his vocabulary. A willingness to analyze economic trends is one of the reasons why the Sturdivant family operation has succeeded so well ... Read More »

Q & A: A Ginner/Banker View, Texan Curtis Griffith

It’s hard to believe anybody in the Texas High Plains could have a better understanding of ag finances, farming or ginning than Curtis Griffith. What makes his credentials unique is his involvement in so many diverse aspects of agri-business in Texas. His family’s connection to farming goes back nearly a century. He is chairman of City Bank and Module Truck ... Read More »

Producers Need Data On New Varieties

The central focus of the Agricultural and Environmental Research department at Cotton Incorporated is identifying and addressing issues cotton producers see having an impact on their farms. One issue they recently identified, through an electronic “Producer Priority Survey,” was the lack of objective data and evaluations on new varieties. Producers indicated having timely access to objective information about new cotton ... Read More »