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Staying the Course

Southern Southeastern Annual Meeting Cotton Farmers And Ginners Gather To Share Ideas And Honor Peers BY CARROLL SMITH Editor The Annual Meeting of the Southern Cotton Growers and the Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association was held recently in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Participants from across the Southeast came together to address important issues that affect the industry on regional, national and ... Read More »

The Top 10 Power Transformers Of 2018

Whether you receive surface water from the Central Arizona Project or groundwater from wells, the energy it takes to lift and move water plays a significant role in the total cost of irrigation. Given the water-power-agriculture nexus, this article provides an update on the significant changes affecting the power industry. Ed Gerak, Arizona Power Authority executive director and Arizona Farm ... Read More »

Clemson’s Know-How Helping With Wild Hog Problem

By Steven Bradley Clemson University With feral hogs destroying property, threatening endangered species and hindering conservation efforts on a massive military installation in Texas, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center-Environmental Laboratory sought the expertise of Clemson University scientists to collaborate on an ongoing research effort. Greg Yarrow, professor and chair of Clemson’s department of forestry and environmental conservation, ... Read More »

Dangling The Carrot

A New California Program Offers Farmers Financial Incentives To Trade Up To Cleaner-Burning Diesel Equipment By Vicky Boyd Managing Editor Rather than mandating diesel engine upgrades to curb air pollution, the California Air Resources Board plans to dangle the proverbial carrot to see if financial incentives will spur voluntary improvements within the agricultural industry. Under the proposed FARMER — or ... Read More »

Alabama Cotton Yields Third Highest In History

By Katie Nichols Despite a year with a multitude of challenges in the field, Alabama cotton yields are estimated to be the third highest in state history. Cotton production for 2017 is up 18 percent from 2016 production. Alabama economist Max Runge says this increase stems primarily from a 25 percent increase in harvested acreage over 2016 (343,000 acres). “Given ... Read More »

New Year Cotton Policy Update

It is vital that generic base (former/previous cotton base) now or in the new Farm Bill be converted into something of value for the cotton grower.’ Under the 2014 Farm Bill (2014-2018 crop years), cotton is not a “covered commodity” and thus not eligible for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage. Here are several changes made to cotton in ... Read More »

Deltapine Cotton Shows Strong Yield, Quality Potential In West Texas

Cotton Farming editor Carroll Smith went into the field last fall to capture strong cotton stories from farmers who planted Deltapine Bollgard II XtendFlex varieties. Following is her special report on Ty Turnipseed in Texas. Ty Turnipseed is a fourth-generation West Texas farmer whose family shares a bond to cotton and Texas Tech football. His great grandfather Bert Eads and ... Read More »