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Seven ag groups file lawsuit regarding bumblebee species

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• By Kevin Hecteman • Seven agricultural associations have sued the California Fish and Game Commission and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife over the commission’s decision to name several bumblebee species as candidates for listing as endangered or threatened under the California Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit centers on whether insects can be protected under the state ESA. ... Read More »

NMSU researcher launches study on strategically timed tillage

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• By Carlos Andres Lopez, New Mexico State University • Can strategically timed tillage improve the efficiency of no-till farming in the semiarid region? That’s a question one researcher from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University is hoping to answer with a new study. Rajan Ghimire, an agronomist and assistant professor based at ... Read More »

Give Your Soils A Health Check-Up

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California Project Looks At Cover Crops As A Prescription For Ailing Soils. • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • In the past few years, the term “healthy soils” has become a widely used buzzword surrounded by a lot of hype. But the question remains, what are healthy soils? Much like the term “sustainability,” healthy soils mean different things to different ... Read More »

California Takes New Action To Cancel Chlorpyrifos

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• By Kevin Hecteman • The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has officially moved to cancel registrations of crop-protection materials containing the insecticide chlorpyrifos, citing potential health effects from exposure. Manufacturers of the material say it can continue to be used safely, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last month it would not impose a nationwide ban. DPR says ... Read More »

2020 Beltwide Cotton Conferences

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The JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, is the picturesque backdrop for the 2020 Beltwide Cotton Conferences set for Jan. 8-10. The insightful program will update attendees on the latest research and technology. The BWCC, coordinated by the National Cotton Council, annually brings together university and U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers, Extension personnel/agents, consultants and industry sales/support personnel. The forum helps ... Read More »

Is A Perfect Storm Brewing?

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Arizona’s High Cotton Status May Be Worst Possible Outcome During Current Trade Wars • By Julie Murphree • The other day via my @CottonAggie Twitter account I reported, “Arizona farmers expect this year’s Upland cotton crop to yield an average of 1,527 pounds per acre, the third-highest yield ever recorded,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistic ... Read More »

Pricing, Cotton And Common Sense

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Highlights Of 2019 Central Texas Field Days • By Cassidy Nemec • In the midst of summer field days for a variety of crops, it is clear that cotton is still king in Texas. The Westside Row Crop Tour took place June 21 in Crawford, Texas, and started with showcasing some grain variety plots before moving on to classroom sessions. ... Read More »