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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 »

OKFB President Testifies Before U.S. Senate Subcommittee

On April 12, Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan urged Congress to hold the Environmental Protection Agency accountable for its burdensome regulations and aggressive tactics against U.S. farmers and ranchers. In testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Superfund, Waste Management and Regulatory Oversight, Buchanan explained how Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers are affected by the EPA’s regulations, especially its Waters of the United States rule. “After carefully studying the proposed rule, we at Farm Bureau concluded that the rule’s vague and broad language would define ‘waters of the United States’ to include countless land areas that are common in and around farm fields and ranches across the countryside. These are areas that don’t look a bit like water,” Buchanan said in his testimony. “They look like land, and they are farmed, but by defining them as ‘waters of the U.S.’ the rule would make it illegal to farm, build a fence, cut trees, build a house, or do most anything else there without first asking permission of the federal government and navigating a costly and complex permitting regime.” Buchanan also highlighted EPA’s misleading advocacy for its own rule, using public relations and social media campaigns to garner support. Read More »

Deltapine® NPE Grower Zeb Winslow, Scotland Neck, North Carolina – Impact of the NPE Program on the Cotton Industry

How are NPEs helping the cotton industry as a whole? Deltapine® NPE grower Zeb Winslow of Scotland Neck, NC, explains how the NPE program betters the cotton industry through improved varieties and improved ties in the cotton growing community.   Through the Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program, noted cotton farmers across the country work with Deltapine to bring the best ... Read More »