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Lonestar Gin Up And Running

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The Pampa, Texas, Facility Was Built To Gin 150,000 Bales Per Year. Over the past two decades, cotton acreage has expanded significantly into the Texas Panhandle. Corn has historically been a mainstay crop in this area, but diminishing irrigation capacity and rotational crop needs have many growers seeking profitable alternatives. Gins are critical infrastructure to ensure timely cotton processing. The ... Read More »

Do Your Homework

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Study Variety Performance, Management Requirements And Soil Data When Making 2020 Cropping Choices • By Bob Hutmacher, University of California • High production costs and lower-than-desired commodity prices mean that good choices are even more important in planning for your 2020 crop. In California, over 80% of our statewide acreage typically is Pima cotton. The balance of Upland cotton is ... Read More »

Maximize Cover Crop Benefits

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• By Amanda Huber, Southeast Editor • Cover crops improve soil quality and provide benefits that help create a more sustainable production system for cash crops. Selecting a cover crop depends on the benefits the producer needs. Audrey Gamble, Auburn University professor and Alabama Cooperative Extension soil scientist, says benefits depend on the biomass level provided by the crop. Cover ... Read More »

Texas Farm Bureau Names 2019 Outstanding Young Farmers & Ranchers

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Fueled by passion, young farmers and ranchers are cultivating a bright future for Texas agriculture. This year’s Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher finalists recognized by Texas Farm Bureau display that passion, drive and dedication. Each year, TFB’s Outstanding YF&R competition recognizes the accomplishments of some of the state’s top agricultural leaders between the ages of 18 and 35. The YF&R ... Read More »

EPA Paraquat Requirements Spotlight Closed Transfer Systems

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The liquid herbicide paraquat is widely used throughout North America as an effective herbicide and pre-harvest crop defoliant but can be fatal if accidentally ingested in small quantities as well as cause eye damage and irritation to skin. In response to the risks associated with paraquat, the Environmental Protection Agency has already pursued significant manufacturer labeling and training changes. For ... Read More »

Seven ag groups file lawsuit regarding bumblebee species

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• By Kevin Hecteman • Seven agricultural associations have sued the California Fish and Game Commission and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife over the commission’s decision to name several bumblebee species as candidates for listing as endangered or threatened under the California Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit centers on whether insects can be protected under the state ESA. ... Read More »