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As Farmers, ‘This Is How We Roll’

carroll smith

While so many familiar parts of our lives are being canceled, closed or put on hold in response to COVID-19, our farmers aren’t shutting down. The 2020 season is shifting into high gear, although in different stages depending on geographic location. In the more southern cotton-growing areas, planting is almost complete or close to being there. In other places, ground ... Read More »

2020: Play The Long Game

carroll smith

As we embark on the 2020 cotton-growing season, there are a lot of wild cards out there. Of course, weather is a given. And the next two in line are the United States-China Phase I implementation and the coronavirus outbreak that began in China and has spread virtually across the globe. In the 2020 World Cotton Outlook article on page ... Read More »

Focus On Faith, Hope And Confidence

carroll smith

Because we live in such a fast-moving world these days, bombarded by hysterical Chicken Little cries that “the sky is falling,” it’s often difficult to maintain a positive perspective. I believe the antidote is to slow down for a minute and consider the power of faith, hope and confidence. You may have seen examples of these ideas as part of ... Read More »

Into The Unknown

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One of the big questions in the cotton industry is what does the millennial generation think about farming in today’s economic environment? The market is not that great, inputs are costly, and the global trade situation is iffy at times. If you are a “Facebooker,” or an “Instagramer,” you’ve probably seen numerous videos and comments posted by these young farmers ... Read More »

A Month to Reflect And Be Thankful

carroll smith

In the world of agriculture, a lot can happen in a year. During the early months, your equipment may be sitting idle in the shed most of the time, but your mind is already shifting gears in preparation for the upcoming season. There are many decisions to make that can influence the endgame. One of the most important ones is ... Read More »

Thankful for the little things

carroll smith

For me, Nov. 1 signals the approach of Thanksgiving and brings to mind all the ways in which we are blessed. It’s ironic to be writing this with only a scrap of filtered light coming through the window and a bare minimum of battery power on my computer following the ferocious winds that blew through, causing an electrical outage. But ... Read More »

Revisiting A Special Sense Of Place

carroll smith

Shared memories from our past are the links of an invisible chain that create a sense of place and a permanent bond among those who experienced a common geography. I belong to a Facebook group made up of folks from my hometown. In the summer of 2018, someone asked who remembered the pecan grove — a serene, magical area where ... Read More »