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2020 NC Cotton Seed Testing Pilot Program results

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The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services conducted a cotton seed testing pilot program during the 2020 planting season. The sampling was conducted by seed and fertilizer field staff with testing conducted in the North Carolina Seed Lab. The length of time to complete testing of cotton seed samples varied due to workload and COVID-19 response. Even with ... Read More »

Clemson irrigation expert says crops face critical water needs

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Growing season is in full swing and farmers must pay close attention to the water needs of several crops at this stage, says a Clemson University specialist. Michael Plumblee, Clemson Extension precision agriculture specialist who also is an Agronomic Crops Team and Water Resources Team member housed at the Edisto Research and Education Center, said that until recently, several places ... Read More »

Sensor-equipped drones help detect crop stress, aid decision making

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When a human or an animal gets sick or is stressed, their temperatures can go up. The same is true for plants. A researcher with Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is using drones to detect crop growth conditions in agricultural fields, with temperature variation being one of the ways scientists can see if there is a ... Read More »

Texas A&M AgriLife creates ‘murder hornet’ task force

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At the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, a specialized task force led by Texas A&M AgriLife experts is spearheading an initiative to protect Texas citizens, agriculture and honey bees if the “murder hornet,” or Asian giant hornet, arrives in the state. A giant invasive hornet was sighted several times in northwestern Washington state and Canada in late 2019, causing concern ... Read More »

COVID-19 restrictions fast-track a new way of doing business

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• By Carroll Smith, Editor • In the midst of the ongoing global pandemic, farmers get up every day and head to the fields to plant their crops. They don’t have the luxury of waiting for the crisis to pass. Farming, along with the companies that support the profession, is deemed an essential business that provides quality food and fiber ... Read More »

New thoughts on preemergence options in cotton

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• By Larry Steckel • Clearly, after all the struggles in 2019 controlling grass weeds, many are looking to change their weed management program. The most frequent question recently has been on the best preemergent options to more account for barnyardgrass, jungle rice and goosegrass. In an attempt to do a better job on grass, most have decided to move ... Read More »

Price swings and new disease put strain on S.C. cotton growers

Excerpt from:  Denise Attaway, College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; Public Service and Agriculture SANTEE – One thing many farmers know for certain is that nothing is certain right now. During the South Carolina Cotton Growers Meeting held here recently, Clemson Extension economist Nathan Smith told growers that despite stable demand for cotton worldwide, fluctuations in yields, prices and ... Read More »