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Texas’ Cotton Belt experienced tough 2019

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Producers in Texas’ Cotton Belt reported lower than expected yields as a result of a tough beginning, middle and end to the 2019 growing season, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Amarillo, said the 2019 season started “rough” for cotton producers in the Panhandle. Extended rain and wet conditions delayed plantings, and ... Read More »

Some Alabama producers may qualify for irrigation tax credit

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Some Alabama farmers could see a break on their taxes thanks to a new tax credit. This credit allows farmer to count certain costs associated with irrigation, including fuel conversions, equipment and reservoirs, on their income taxes. Qualification Only qualified irrigations systems or reservoirs are eligible for the tax credit. Producers must have filled out an annual information report with ... Read More »

Study suggests growth-stage-based irrigation strategies for higher yields

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Cotton is sensitive to water stress at different growth stages, needing water at specific times to produce a high-yielding crop. A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study investigated the best strategies to improve irrigation water-use efficiency while maintaining high yields. “Evaluation of crop-growth-stage-based deficit irrigation strategies for cotton production in the Southern High Plains,” was authored by AgriLife Research researchers Srinivasulu ... Read More »

Manage regrowth prevent pest carryover to next season

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• By Ethan Carter • The second week of November has finally brought cold temperatures to the Florida Panhandle, something needed to kill regrowth in cotton fields. The past several years, we have had increasingly warm winters with few to no hard freezes. As a result, pest populations that would have otherwise diminished during the winter have remained at high ... Read More »

Texas High Plains yields drop below original forecasts

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• By Seshadri Ramkuma • Yields in the High Plains of Texas are expected to be below what was originally forecast. “Yields are 25% to 30% off the normal,” said Mark Brown, director of field services for Lubbock, Texas-based Plains Cotton Growers Inc. During the Nov. 15 meeting of all the stakeholders from the cotton sector, discussion centered on this ... Read More »

Arkansas cotton, rice harvests beat the cold; fruit may suffer

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After a mild weekend of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50s, much of Arkansas found itself dealing with widespread rains and falling mercury throughout Monday. Tuesday, Nov. 12, the state awoke to a morning that declared itself as “winter” in no uncertain terms. The National Weather Service described Little Rock’s post-sunrise temperature as “22, feels like 9” degrees ... Read More »