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New Tools Available To Fight Plant Bugs

plant bugs

The troublesome plant bug is a cotton insect pest that is persistent – or so it seems. There is simply no other way to describe this devilish bug. It has always been around, but when the boll weevil eradication effort kicked into high gear in the 1980s and 1990s, the environment gradually changed. That’s when the plant bug began to ... Read More »

Resilient Cotton

Arkansas Producer Sam Stuckey’s Crop Has Weathered The Storm Cotton has always had a reputation for being able to withstand a lot of adversity during a long production season. If you want proof of that statement, pay a visit to the Stuckey Farms operation in eastern Arkansas. That’s where you’ll find a remarkable crop that has already withstood heavy rains. ... Read More »

Use Care When Washing Denim

The chief executive officer of Levis Strauss, Chip Bergh, recently made headlines by sharing some unusual advice for those of us who wear denim jeans. What is his advice? Don’t wash your jeans, ever. He says keeping jeans out of the washing machine will make them last longer and also added that less washing equals greater environmental sustainability. But what ... Read More »

California Drought Causing Water Cutoffs

In a cascade of notices, the California Water Resources Control Board told junior water rights holders in the state’s major watersheds recently to immediately stop diverting water. The board says extreme drought leaves the watersheds without enough water to serve all water-rights holders. Cutoff notices went to about 2,700 junior water-rights holders in the Sacramento River watershed and northern delta; ... Read More »

California Farmers Want To ‘Ditch the Rule’

There seems to be a never-ending list of government proposals that would make routine agricultural practices difficult or impossible to perform – and the latest from two federal agencies could bring a raft of new requirements aimed squarely at California family farmers and ranchers. On April 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released ... Read More »

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 »