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Don’t Bet Against Cotton

BY MIKE LAMENSDORF ROLLING FORK, MISS The 2012 crop was probably one of the easiest and least stressful crops I have made in my 30-plus years of farming. The growing season was great, and the weather at harvest for all crops was ideal. With new pickers, we eliminated three boll buggies, four module builders and all the seasonal labor we ... Read More »

My Friend Frank

By Emory Jones Cleveland, Ga. My old friend Frank was a pig. I don’t mean that he was sloppy, although he was pretty informal. No, Frank was a real pig, curly tail and all. Here’s how we met; it was up in North Dakota – just outside Hoople. Or maybe it was Can Do – I can’t remember. Anyway, I ... Read More »

Blue Skies And White Cotton

By Tucker Miller Drew, Miss. After reading my good friend Roger Carter’s memorable “My Turn” column, I realize how fortunate I am to be in the consultant profession. I was lucky enough to work for a man named Mike Sturdivant, who was the most optimistic farmer around – a man who passed on this same attitude to his sons who ... Read More »

Is Washington Listening?

By Ronnie Hopper Petersburg, Texas For the past decade, our goal has been to apply no-till farming practices to our land located in the Pan-handle region of the South Plains of Texas. Overall, no-till has worked in our operation, but it also has inherent challenges which vary with each new year. No-till works for us because we now have the ... Read More »

Saying Good-bye

By Roger Carter Clayton, La. It was with both pride and sorrow when Tommy Horton email-ed me and asked if I would write the My Turn column for this edition of Cotton Farming – given that I am being forced to retire after 48 years of doing nothing but agricultural consulting every year since 1964. The Lord has given me ... Read More »

The Long Journey

By Don Molino Baton Rouge, La. I was born and grew up in northeast Texas – Paris to be more specific. That’s 105 miles due northeast of Dallas and 13 miles south of the Red River and Oklahoma where I’m told teenagers could buy beer with no questions asked. But that may have been just another wild rumor. Chances are, ... Read More »

Urban Versus Rural

By Kelley Green Austin, Texas When most Americans hear the phrase “Two Americas,” they think of the divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots” – a major talking point in the 2004 presidential election. When I hear this phrase, I think of rural America versus urban America. Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association is headquartered in downtown Austin, Texas. Our state has ... Read More »