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Research Helping In Fight Against Pigweed

SePRO Corporation has collaborated with weed scientists from universities, USDA, Cotton Incorporated and the National Cotton Council to develop a new herbicide mode of action for cotton. Brake, with the active ingredient fluridone, was discovered approximately 35 years ago and was an outstanding cotton herbicide with excellent crop safety but was not commercialized in U. S. row crops. However the ... Read More »

Industry Must Stop Contamination

American cotton is considered to have some of the lowest levels of contamination in the world, and that reputation for low contamination levels has come to be expected by foreign and domestic mills. With this low contamination reputation comes increased scrutiny and in the last year there were increased reports of plastic contamination in U.S. cotton. Cotton Incorporated is part ... Read More »

Mechanical Delinting Of Cottonseed Has Promise

Cotton Incorporated-funded research created EasiFlo cottonseed, which was introduced to dairy feed formulators in 1998. The patented coating process allowed once hard-to-handle cottonseed to flow like shelled corn. “It really helped ramp up demand for cottonseed by dairy producers and feed mills when they realized the handling issue had been solved,” says Tom Wedegaertner, director of cottonseed research and marketing ... Read More »

From Aquatic Weeds To Cotton Weeds

A 2011 tour of Mid-South cotton fields was organized by the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA) to acquaint federal agencies with the emerging problem of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth. One tour participant thought fluridone (trade name Brake), originally discovered nearly 35 years ago, should be reevaluated. As an experimental compound, it showed excellent promise as a pre-emergence cotton herbicide but ... Read More »

Want A Snack? Pass The Cottonseed

It is simply amazing how many products count on some part of the cotton plant to make them complete. For example, cotton linters are used to help give ice cream body and are also used to make hot dog casings. From the shells that form some bath tubs to that highly-recognized green and red sign hanging over the door of ... Read More »

Water, Irrigation – What’s Ahead?

Water, or the lack of it, obviously can have a serious impact on a cotton farmer’s bottom line. “If you don’t have water, you definitely will not maximize the yield potential of your chosen varieties,” says Dr. Ed Barnes, Senior Director for Agricultural and Environmental Research at Cotton Incorporated. Water stress is one culprit that can lead to micronaire problems ... Read More »

Conventional Varieties Prove Their Worth

Bringing new farm-based products and processes to cotton farmers is one of the most important goals Cotton Incorporated’s Agricultural and Environ-mental Research Division tries to achieve each year. “When we are able to bring producers a product that we’ve developed from vision to fruition, it’s very gratifying,” says Kater Hake, vice president of the division. That gratification is especially satisfying ... Read More »