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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 »

Opinions Vary On ‘Ground’ Cotton

The volume of cotton that gets left on the ground during the harvest season has always been a source of frustration for producers. In the Western Cotton Belt, farmers are able to gather some of that cotton using Rood cotton harvesters. The harvesters use slotted belts to pick the cotton from the ground. Read More »

Burndown Targets Resistant Weeds

By Carroll Smith Senior Writer Small PigweedA lot of time and effort has gone into developing in-season strategies to manage problem weeds such as glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth (pigweed) and Italian ryegrass. Now, research has shown that applying herbicides in the fall, particularly after corn harvest, can help knock down resistant weeds that emerge prior to the first frost and reduce ... Read More »

Best Harvest Strategy?

As harvest begins across the Belt, each region faces its own specific challenge as farmers begin the meticulous task of delivering this year’s crop to the gin. Cotton Farming Editor Tommy Horton interviewed four different ag experts in the major production regions to see how harvest has progressed to this point and the strategy that will be used for the ... Read More »

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 »