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Industry News For October 2019

New ‘Thriving In Cotton’ Series Kicks Off In November

To help cotton farmers make next season their best, PhytoGen is again sponsoring the “Thriving in Cotton” series in Cotton Farming.

Throughout the series, producers and PhytoGen cotton development specialists from across the Cotton Belt will share their real-world experiences growing PhytoGen brand varieties. The series will share how these varieties help growers overcome production challenges to thrive in cotton, even against weeds, insects and other pests.

Check out the “Thriving in Cotton” series every month in Cotton Farming magazine or follow @CottonFarming and @PhytoGenCotton on Facebook and Twitter.

New Components Released For Patriot 4440 Sprayer

patriot 4440 sprayerCase IH has two new boom styles and a new 1,600-gallon tank option available on the Patriot 4440 sprayer. By increaseing the size of the tank and the length of the booms, and reducing the overall weight of the sprayer, operators can make the most of application windows.

“When every minute in the field counts, these new designs give operators the capacity they need to achieve high-efficiency application,” says Mark Burns, Case IH application equipment marketing manager.

Made of aluminum, the new factory-installed boom options are lightweight, yet durable, and come in 132- and 135-foot sizes—the widest booms available on the Patriot 4440 sprayer.

When equipped with the Aim Command Flex advanced spray technology, these booms deliver the right rate and droplet size across the entire boom and field. The design maintains accurate and consistent application, and a 1,600-gallon tank option further improves productivity.

National Cotton Council Applauds WOTUS Decision

The Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler says the 2015 Waters of the United States rule has been withdrawn. The next step is a new final rule expected toward the end of this year.
NCC Chairman Mike Tate says the U.S. cotton industry has long sought consistency and simplicity in water regulations.

“EPA’s decision ends the uncertainty caused by the WOTUS rule and the resulting, sometimes conflicting, court verdicts that led to a patchwork of regulations nationwide.”

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Tate, an Alabama cotton farmer, says, “Cotton producers and all of agriculture deserve a common-sense and understandable rule that not only ensures environmental and human health but protects farmland and our rights to conduct our operations in a responsible and economically sustainable manner. This flexibility wasn’t present under the 2015 rule.

“While nothing is perfect, we foresee the new rule as one that does not label as ‘waters of the U.S.’ those vast areas of dryland that have been farmed for generations.”

Register Now For The 2020 Beltwide Cotton Conferences

Once again, the Cotton Consultants’ Conference, which is open to all attendees, will kick off the annual Beltwide Cotton Conferences at the JW Marriott in Austin, Texas, Jan. 8-10, 2020.

Among topics selected by the consultant community for the 2020 program is an expert panel of entomologists to discuss timely topics ranging from Bt resistance to results of testing Bollgard 4.

BWCC attendees may register and secure housing at www.cotton.org/beltwide/. The website also includes a link to BWCC proceedings from 2005-2019 and will be updated with the 2020 program and other information.