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Lingering Alabama drought yields mixed harvest results

alabama cotton

Widespread drought continues in Alabama, as nearly 84% of the state is in severe drought. In fact, 55% of the state’s soil and subsoil moisture is reported to be “very short.” Even with these conditions, producers are still hard at work bringing in this year’s crop. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, 96% of the corn planted in Alabama ... Read More »

Start Scouting As Plants Bugs, Stink Bugs Move Into Cotton Early

tarnished plant bug

The season’s early onset of drought-like conditions has several insects on the move early. Plant bugs and stink bugs are moving from their wild host plants into cotton earlier than farmers usually expect. Alabama Cooperative Extension System entomologist Ron Smith says the plant bug situation is not one producers are unfamiliar with, but earlier action will be required to keep ... Read More »

‘Farming A Thousand Acres Of Everything’

tyson raper

I’m not sure why I fell in love with agriculture at a young age. I wasn’t pushed into agriculture, but I feel like I was pulled — much like the smell of a fresh pot of coffee has a way of pulling you out of bed. The ingredients were present. The first toy I remember was a 4000 series 1/16 ... Read More »

Deltapine® Cotton Finishes Strong In Alabama

Nick McMichen NPE grower

• SPONSORED CONTENT • My Strong Cotton | SPECIAL REPORT This fall, Cotton Farming editor Carroll Smith captured stories from farmers planting Deltapine varieties, looking for high yield and good fiber quality potential. Following is her special report on Nick McMichen in Centre, Alabama. Cotton Farming Conversation_Ni   Growing cotton is second nature to fourth-generation Alabama producer Nick McMichen. He grew ... Read More »

Winter Preparations – A Must For 2013 Crop

MISSOURI Mike Milam milammr@missouri.edu EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT HURT MISSOURI As we look back on the 2012 Missouri cotton crop, we had a pretty good year. While our drought conditions were described by the Drought Monitor as exceptional, we still had a better-than-average year. With our irrigation potential in the Bootheel area, we were able to overcome some of the heat and ... Read More »