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The UAS (‘Drone’) Rules are Here

“The UAS (‘Drone’) Rules Are Here” is authored by Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist in Amarillo and nationally recognized author of the Texas Agriculture Law Blog. Lashmet provides a summary of the long-awaited Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules, which are now in effect.  READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE. Read More »

Beloved Agricultural Industry Leader, Cotton Producer, Ginner from Louisiana To Be Inducted into Hall of Fame

The great philosopher, Socrates, once said that “the key to greatness is to be in reality what we appear to be.” Those who had the privilege of knowing Jack Hamilton would most certainly agree that he was the epitome of that statement. Earlier this year, the Louisiana Cotton & Grain Association was pleased to have the opportunity to nominate Mr. ... Read More »

Deltapine NPE Grower Zeb Winslow, Scotland Neck – Benefits of RRPLUS® Crop Management Solutions

How do programs like Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions benefit your farm? Deltapine NPE grower Zeb Winslow of Scotland Neck, NC, explains how Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions help give him a competitive edge. Through the Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program, noted cotton farmers across the country work with Deltapine to bring the best varieties to market ... Read More »

Red cotton leaves: causes and implications

Leaf color is determined by pigment content and concentration. Pigments commonly present in cotton leaves include chlorophylls, carotenoids, tannins and anthocyanins. Differences in pigment properties give each pigment color characteristics; for example, chlorophylls a and b absorb light in the blue and red regions while reflecting light in the green. Similarly, carotenoids are visually associated with yellows and reds, tannins with browns, and anthocyanins with reds and purples. The content and concentration of these pigments can additionally provide insight into the plant’s current or past growing conditions. For instance, reddening of a leaf can indicate the plant has experienced abiotic or biotic stress such as excessive radiation (Fig. 1) or a nitrogen (N) deficiency (Fig. 2). Since changes in pigments within the plant also changes the color of the leaf, visual observations of the canopy collected through the growing season can be used to gauge plant health. In the case of a reduction of chlorophyll due to an N deficiency, a reduction in chlorophyll is directly associated with a shift from dark green to light green leaf color. Whether used subconsciously or consciously, pigment content and concentration has been used for hundreds of years to diagnose stresses, including nutrient deficiencies, disease, pest damage, and water deficits/excesses. Read More »

Deltapine NPE Grower Kevin Gardner, Mocksville, SC – New Varieties Shaping the Future of Cotton

Do you think Bollgard II® XtendFlex® cotton technology will shape the future of cotton? Deltapine NPE grower Kevin Gardner, of Mocksville, SC, explains why he thinks new Deltapine cotton varieties and technologies will ease resistant weed pressures and improve growers’ competitiveness in international markets. Through the Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program, noted cotton farmers across the country work with ... Read More »

Cotton Incorporated offers science-based rebuttal on cottonseed oil

This month’s Editor’s Note on page 4, “‘Lions And Tigers And Bears...Oh, My!’” talks about Food Babe blogger Vani Hari’s recent declaration, “Cotton is not a food” and the warning she issued to her followers to avoid consuming cottonseed oil. Cotton Incorporated posted a rebuttal on her blog, bringing facts and science to the table. To read Hari’s Food Babe blog ( http://foodbabe.com/2016/05/16/this-ingredient-isnt-food-but-most-americans-eat-it/ ) and Cotton Incorporated’s rebuttal... Read More »

Focus On Cotton Webcast: Cotton Irrigation Management In Humid Regions

For cotton growers looking to optimize lint yield and preserve limited water resources between rainfalls, differences in water-holding capacities across a field can significantly complicate irrigation strategies. A new Focus on Cotton webcast titled “Selection and Use of Sensors for Cotton Irrigation Management in Humid Regions” helps cotton consultants, county agents, growers, and other practitioners improve irrigation practices by installing sensors to monitor real-time soil moisture. This presentation is available at no charge, courtesy of Cotton Incorporated, through the ‘Focus on Cotton’ webcast resource located at the Plant Management Network, http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/foco. ‘Focus on Cotton’ contains over 35 webcasts on various aspects of cotton crop management. These talks--freely accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week--cover agronomic practices, crop protection, and ag engineering. This resource also features a new and improved Cotton Extension Search tool, where users can conveniently search for extension resources across all U.S. land-grant universities serving cotton producers. Read More »