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Rotate Chemistries To Control Plant Bugs

I was born and raised in Central Florida, and after graduating college, I did several internships with citrus growers and crop protection companies. Although I didn’t grow up on a farm, I fell in love with the agriculture industry and decided to continue my education. After completing my Ph.D., I went to work for Dow AgroSciences, which later became Corteva ... Read More »

Control Insect Pests To Protect High Yields

While attending Mississippi State University, I learned through the friend of a friend about cotton consulting. I knew from that moment this profession was meant for me. I changed my major from forestry to ag pest management, and after graduation, I got my consultant’s license. I was fortunate to pick up my first customer — Triple R Farms in Bolton, ... Read More »

Stay Vigilant Against Plant Bugs, Bollworm

Growing up in Franklin Parish, Louisiana, I worked on my dad’s farm where he predominately grew cotton for many years. One of my first jobs outside the family operation was helping a local consultant scout cotton. In 2010, I ventured out on my own to form Peters Crop Consulting. This year, most of my farmers had all their cotton in ... Read More »

Control Cotton Insects to Maximize Yields

Paul Scott Poag Poag Scouting LLC Manila, Ark. I started scouting cotton for my sister and brother-in-law when I was 14 years old and later worked for consultants Terry and Gail Ramsey until I was a sophomore in college. In 1999-2000 I got a few acres of my own and then established Poag Scouting LLC after finishing graduate school in ... Read More »

Control Cotton Insects to Maximize Yields

The 2017 cotton-growing season got off to a good start in most of the Mid-South region. Cotton farmers are optimistic about this year’s crop, based largely on December futures contracts average of 70 cents per pound, which is higher than 2016 levels. The optimism reflects an overall 10 percent increase in cotton acres throughout the Cotton Belt from 2016, thanks ... Read More »

Weed And Insect Control Are Key

I grew up in the Mississippi Delta surrounded by agriculture. While in high school, I worked on various farms and even in a cotton gin. During college, I started working with Jimmy Walker, who was an independent consultant from Rolling Fork, Miss. It was my admiration for him as a person as well as a consultant that ultimately steered me ... Read More »

Choosing Varieties for the 2016 Season

Charles Burmester Contract Agronomist Decatur, Ala. I was raised on a small farm in Alabama where we always grew cotton and became very familiar with the crop at an early age. In, fact, my mother made me my own “pick sack” when I was five-years-old. After graduating from Auburn University, I started my career with the Extension Service in Alabama ... Read More »