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Industry News: May 2023

Trust Protocol 2023 Crop Enrollment Opening

U.S. cotton producers can soon enroll their 2023 crop in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol at https://trustuscotton.org/. For help enrolling, reach out to the Grower Help Desk at growers@trustuscotton.org.

Producers enrolled in the Trust Protocol are eligible to participate in the Climate Smart Cotton Program. They also receive personalized data, which can be used to help improve their sustainability efforts and yield. All data entered in the Trust Protocol is secure and confidential. Crop consultants may be authorized to enter information on the producer’s behalf.

New Cotton Management Videos Available

The North Carolina State University Cotton Team is excited to share four new videos produced in 2022 thanks to the support of the Center for Integrated Pest Management (CIPM).

Tarnished Plant Bug Management in Cotton — Dr. Dominic Reisig.

Bollworm Management in Cotton — Dr. Dominic Reisig.

Field Planting Exercise — Dr. Guy Collins.

Replanting Considerations in Cotton — Dr. Guy Collins.

The CIPM develops new strategies, analytics and decision support systems to advance IPM and plant biosecurity. It serves and partners with government, industry and university stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally.

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Sometimes a visual representation can convey an idea quickly and effectively. With that in mind, TeeJet Technologies wants to see its products at work in the field. To make this happen, the company has launched a Field Photo Contest.

Here is how it works. If you send in a photo of any TeeJet product in use or on your equipment, you may win a prize. A winner will be selected every month, and the photo will be posted on the TeeJet Technologies website.

To enter the contest, email your photo to fieldshots@teejet.com.

Water Conservation: High Agricultural Priority

A small river runs through a wooded area with a sand beach.
Mississippi is one of the 40 states that are expected to face water shortages in the next 10 years. Mississippi State University is working in a variety of ways to conserve water. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)

Although Mississippi has one of the highest precipitation rates in the country, much of that rain falls outside the growing season. Crops are watered using two main methods: pivot irrigation or furrow irrigation.

Through the water institute and the National Center for Alluvial Aquifer Research, Mississippi State University is heavily invested in promoting water conservation and irrigation efficiency while maintaining farm yields. Since 2012, the university has dedicated extensive research efforts and countless hours finding best irrigation practices and extending that information to the agricultural producers of the state.

MSU efforts primarily focus on the adoption and correct use of soil moisture sensors, which make it possible to schedule irrigation efficiently, and the use of computerized hole selection and surge valves so water in furrow irrigation is dispersed at the appropriate rate. Water conservation and financial savings are equally important, said Dave Spencer, an Extension pivot irrigation specialist.

“We have shown water savings up to 40% and yield improvement up to 5% when these technologies are properly implemented,” Spencer said. “We’re evaluating production systems to see how to use the irrigation technologies with the greatest efficiency.”

Jeremey Jack, owner of Silent Shade Planting Co. in Belzoni, has adopted irrigation efficiency tools, including irrigation scheduling. Jack said his farm does not focus on just one tool, but constantly learns new strategies and methods that can increase profitability through higher yields while conserving resources.

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