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Texas Brothers Find Formula For Success

By Tommy Horton Editor Rackler BrothersTo survive as a cotton farmer in the Hockley County area of West Texas takes stamina, perseverance and a lot of studying. No, this isn’t about preparing for a final exam in college. It’s about meticulously observing all aspects of a farming operation to make smart business decisions for growing cotton. Considering that the state ... Read More »

Abundance Of Information: BWCC in NOLA

Abundance Of Information Available To Attendees At 2014 BWCC In New Orleans Those involved in helping producers make key cotton production/marketing-related decisions – including consultants, researchers, Extension specialists/agents and industry sales/support personnel – will find an abundance of information at the 2014 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, set for Jan. 6-8 at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. The National Cotton Council-coordinated forum ... Read More »

Praying For Rain

By Jeff Nunley Victoria, Texas You’re in the middle of a 20-year drought, deal with it! Those were the first words of the keynote speaker at our Victoria Farm & Ranch Show a few years ago. It was my good fortune to be the master of ceremonies responsible for providing a wrapup that put a positive spin on a presentation ... Read More »

Industry News

Mississippi State To Host Row Crop Short Course Mississippi State University’s Extension Service will host its annual Row Crop Short Course on Dec. 2-4 at the Bost Extension Center on the campus. Online registration is available at: //msucares.com/rowcrops/shortcourse/index.html. Pre-registration is free until Nov. 29 at which time the fee increases to $40. The Short Course will begin on the morning ... Read More »

Want To Learn? Travel To Georgia

By Bobby Skeen Monroe, La. Many cotton producers in the Mid-South have shifted away from cotton, some even shifting completely out of cotton for grains. Nevertheless, cotton is still “King” in the hearts of so many producers throughout the Mississippi Delta region. That is certainly true for three producers from southeast Missouri. Gary Hayes, Patrick Turnage and Johnny Watkins were ... Read More »

Opinions Vary On ‘Ground’ Cotton

The volume of cotton that gets left on the ground during the harvest season has always been a source of frustration for producers. In the Western Cotton Belt, farmers are able to gather some of that cotton using Rood cotton harvesters. The harvesters use slotted belts to pick the cotton from the ground. Read More »

Managing A Late Crop

In many areas of the Belt, the cotton crop is somewhat behind schedule this year, requiring producers to make adjustments to their “normal” production practices. Thirty percent of the Web Poll respondents say they have had to deal with adjusting PGR rates, spraying more for insect pests, adjusting herbicide programs and keeping an eye on their irrigation scheduling. Following is ... Read More »