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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 »

In Memoriam — The Passing Of A Legend: Loyd Colbert

Loyd Colbert

This Stalwart Of The Cotton Ginning Industry Made Significant Contributions During His Long Career. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Loyd E. Colbert, retired ginning legend from Modern Ginning in Blythe, California. Loyd passed away peacefully on Nov. 3 surrounded by his family. Loyd, an Arkansas native, began his long career and distinguished service to ... Read More »

Pink Bollworm No Longer An Economic Threat

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The National Cotton Council issued a news release in which it welcomed the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s announcement that “U.S. cotton is free — after more than 100 years — of the devastating pink bollworm.” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, who made the announcement at a ceremony in Washington, DC, says the pink bollworm has cost U.S. producers tens of millions ... Read More »

Meet Arizona Agriculture’s Meier Family

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• By Julie Murphree • Editor’s note: As Arizona Farm Bureau nears the 100-year mark, Farm Bureau staff has reached out to long-time farm and ranch families to tell their stories about farming and ranching in this desert state. They now have profiled 119 families, and a great many of them are Arizona cotton farmers. Search on azfb.org for “Meet Arizona ... Read More »