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‘Better Bet Than Tomatoes’

California Farmers Discuss Reasons For Switching To Cotton. • By Lisa Lieberman •  As Central Valley producers face ongoing low water allocations and stagnant processing tomato prices, farmers say they are considering allocating fewer acres to tomatoes and devoting more land to Pima cotton. Pima cotton — the primary variety grown in the Central Valley — requires less water, has lower ... Read More »

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission Offers Water-Saving Incentives

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The Arkansas Natural Resources Commission is offering financial incentives in the form of tax credits to state farmers and landowners who make land improvements that help conserve water. Among the projects that may qualify are building surface water reservoirs, land leveling, converting from groundwater to surface water, and installing certain irrigation water measuring and control devices. Read More »

Drop By Drop, Clemson Helps Ensure The State’s Vital Natural Resource — Water

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By Steven Bradley, Clemson University — Water is a driving force behind virtually every facet of life in South Carolina — from agriculture, recreation and tourism to essential needs like food and drink. But water is among both the Palmetto State’s greatest assets and biggest challenges. A December 2016 study by Clemson University professors found natural resource-based sectors contribute $33.4 ... Read More »

Is More Better?

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Two Texas A&M Studies Examine Optimum Seeding Rates To Maximize Boll Development And Yield — By Kay Ledbetter — New and returning cotton producers may want to carefully consider row spacing and seeding rates when they get ready to plant during the next few months, according to two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomists. Read More »

Staying the Course

Southern Southeastern Annual Meeting Cotton Farmers And Ginners Gather To Share Ideas And Honor Peers — By Carroll Smith, Editor — The Annual Meeting of the Southern Cotton Growers and the Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association was held recently in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Participants from across the Southeast came together to address important issues that affect the industry on regional, ... Read More »