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VIPR — Battling Contamination With Technology

VIPR technology

• By Ross Rutherford • Contamination in seed cotton and lint cotton has been a critical issue facing the cotton industry for decades. This has become even more urgent in recent years with the broad acceptance/usage of cotton harvesting equipment with on-board module-making capability (round modules) wrapped in plastic. For many reasons, whether from the module wrap or from plastic ... Read More »

In Memorium

jack woolf

Remembering Jack Woolf California Central Valley agricultural legend Jack Woolf passed away July 28 at the age of 102. He was born Sept 6, 1917, along with his unexpected identical twin, Leyton, at the Pima Maricopa Indian Medical Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, to John Leroy (Roy) Woolf and Anna Louise Stuart Woolf. Siblings Peggy and Robert followed. After graduating from ... Read More »

Know Thy Enemy

arkansas nematode sampling

Sample Regularly To Identify Shifts In Nematode Populations, Species • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • In his book about military strategy, “The Art of War,” Chinese philosopher Sun Tzu talked of winning the battle by knowing your enemy. The same can be said for plant parasitic nematodes that lurk in soils and may attack cotton roots, causing yield loss ... Read More »

Cattle Grazing Provides Benefits To Row Crop Systems

stocker cattle

• By David Wright, University of Florida • Many crop producers in the Florida Panhandle use conservation tillage when planting into winter fallow weeds or cover crops. The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research data over the years shows that cover crops can help prevent erosion and conserve moisture but may not always increase yields. However, data ... Read More »

Silverleaf Whitefly: Late-Season Pest Appears Early In The Southeast

silverleaf whiteflies

• By Amanda Huber, Southeast Editor • An important economic pest in cotton is not something producers want to see in their fields at any time, especially not earlier than expected. However, that has been the case this season. Silverleaf whitefly infestations are much earlier than normal and are likely a result of increased winter survival due to the lack ... Read More »

Putting Drone Images To Work For Cotton

drone

• By Christi Short, Lubbock, Texas • If you’re anything like me, you’ve been noticing more and more people taking up the hobby of picture taking with a drone — also known as an unmanned aerial vehicle. This method of capturing images seems to be gaining momentum, especially in farming communities. I love seeing these aerial images posted on social ... Read More »

Soil Properties And Runoff

soils

• By Dr. Larry Oldham, Mississippi State University • Soils are the environmental regulators of rain: When it falls, soil properties determine if it goes into the soil (infiltration) or across the surface (runoff). In the runoff water, there may be sediment and whatever is attached to it, nutrients and other elements dissolved in the water, and biological entities such ... Read More »