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My Cotton Journey Began In Ag Econ

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It wasn’t like I hadn’t seen cotton all my life growing up in the Desert Southwest. I just didn’t expect it to become my life. I signed up for Ag Econ 313, Economics of Futures Markets, while planning my senior year with my college adviser. It turned out to be my favorite class. And, as an aside, all the popular ... Read More »

Things Only Farm Kids Know

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• By Erin Kuiper • On the western edge of Buckeye, Arizona, sits the family dairy farm where I grew up. My father Bill and mother Sine Kerr started their dairy business in 1980 at the ripe age of 18. Fast forward a decade and they would have four children; Wesley, Meagan (Kimmerle), myself and Julie Anne (Garcia). My brother ... Read More »

Efforts Help Mark the Monarch As Thriving, Not Endangered

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• By Ana Otto • The monarch butterfly population has declined considerably over the past several decades. Reasons for the decline are attributed to reduced breeding habitat, extreme weather and other factors related to overwintering habitat, pesticides and deforestation in Mexico. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is currently in the process of evaluating whether to list the monarch as ... Read More »

How To Manage Desert Southwest Water Efficiently

In the arid regions of the desert Southwest, water is by far the most limiting resource for crop production systems. As such, it is an extremely valuable resource to producers and an incentive to conserve and use with utmost efficiency. Irrigation and crop production systems in the desert Southwest have evolved to include techniques that conserve water resources and improve ... Read More »

Western Cotton Specialists Weigh In On Planting

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With planting underway and small seedlings emerging across the state, it is important to remember there are many things that can occur in the field affecting the survivability of those seedlings. Among those is seedling disease. Disease pressure can have a negative impact on seedling emergence and survivability, reducing stand and sometimes resulting in replanting. The two main seedling diseases ... Read More »

Is A Perfect Storm Brewing?

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Arizona’s High Cotton Status May Be Worst Possible Outcome During Current Trade Wars • By Julie Murphree • The other day via my @CottonAggie Twitter account I reported, “Arizona farmers expect this year’s Upland cotton crop to yield an average of 1,527 pounds per acre, the third-highest yield ever recorded,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistic ... Read More »

Study Shows Potable Supply Of Groundwater Less Than Thought

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• By Mari N. Jensen • The U.S. groundwater supply is smaller than originally thought, according to a new research study that includes a University of Arizona hydrologist. The study provides important insights into the depths of underground fresh and brackish water in some of the most prominent sedimentary basins across the United States. The research by scientists from the University ... Read More »