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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 »

Texas AgriLife Team Earns Superior Service Award

By Kay Ledbetter The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has recognized a cotton and weed team with a Superior Service Team Award for their efforts on educating producers on auxin-tolerant cotton weed control systems. The annual Superior Service awards, recently presented in Bryan, Texas, recognize AgriLife Extension personnel who provide outstanding performance in education or other service to the organization ... Read More »

2018 Estate Tax Changes

By Tiffany Dowell Lashmet With the start of a new year and the passage of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” there are important changes to the federal estate tax. Everyone should take time to understand the current and any new estate tax law and to evaluate his or her estate to determine if estate tax liability may be an ... Read More »

Deltapine Names Class Of 18 Varieties

Marking the 10th year of the New Product Evaluator Program, Deltapine cotton recently announced the addition of seven new varieties to its lineup. The roster includes the full commercial launch of five Bollgard 3 XtendFlex cotton varieties as part of the Class of 18. These were tested and proven to perform at a high level by select farmers participating in ... Read More »