2022: Off To A Good Start

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Carroll Smith,

When the last lines of “Auld Lang Syne” died out at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve and the new year dawned, we all turned our attention to the future.

In the cotton industry, variety selection for the upcoming season is top of mind. No matter how many times you’ve heard someone say, “It’s the most important decision a farmer will make,” it’s true. On page 14, Extension cotton specialists offer tips to consider when making your choices.

For example, Texas cotton specialist Ben McKnight says, “Variety decisions will also be the driving force of how our pest control programs will shape up. Varieties with herbicide-tolerant traits will determine, in a lot of ways, what our core weed management programs will look like moving forward.”

A flurry of announcements from cotton seed companies has been rolling in as well.

• PhytoGen, the U.S. cottonseed brand of Corteva Agriscience, has released PHY 411 W3FE for the Upland market and PHY 807 RF for the Pima market.

• At its recent New Product Evaluator meeting, Deltapine unveiled its Class of ’22 varieties — DP 2239 B3XF and DP 2211 B3TXF.

• BASF has introduced Axant Flex quadruple-trait herbicide technology. The company plans to bring Axant Flex technology to market in select FiberMax and Stoneville cottonseed varieties for the 2023 growing season, pending herbicide regulatory approval and identified country import approvals for the trait.

• Americot Inc., the company that supplies NexGen cotton seed, has added Dan Pitts to its research team as a germplasm specialist. He has nearly 40 years of agriculture and research experience from across the Cotton Belt.

To learn more, visit https://www.cottonfarming.com/category/breakingnews/ and stay tuned for further details in upcoming issues of Cotton Farming.

Our company has some exiting news for the new year as well. We are welcoming three new members to our One Grower Publishing family.

David Boyd, who grew up in a cotton family, stepped in as production manager July 15, 2021. His father, Julius Jerome Boyd was the longtime deputy director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s cotton division. David has an extensive background in managerial experience and communications. He also enjoys being part of the statistics crew for the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team in his leisure time.

Cassidy Nemec, who hails from Waco, Texas, will be the assistant editor for all the publications. Even as a young child, she joined her father, Mark Nemec, as he scouted crops and attended field days. Mark is a Texas independent consultant and was named 2010 Cotton Consultant of the Year.

Katie Guthrie will be joining us as the digital content manager. She has worked alongside her father, Dave Guthrie, in the fields and will be posting online content. Most recently, Katie has produced several international digital projects.

Here’s wishing you a Happy New Year!

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