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Giant hybrid tumbleweeds eat California town

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• By Ben Faber • A new species of gigantic tumbleweed once predicted to go extinct is not only here to stay — it’s likely to expand its territory. The species, Salsola ryanii, is significantly larger than either of its parent plants, which can grow up to 6 feet tall. A new study from the University of California, Riverside, supports ... Read More »

Fresno Chamber of Commerce fetes two ag leaders who grow cotton

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The Fresno, California, Chamber of Commerce and Moss Adams have named Mark Borba and Bowles Farming Co. the 2019 Agriculturalist of the Year and the Ag Business of the Year, respectively. The 2019 Agriculturalist of the Year is awarded to an individual who exemplifies leadership and integrity in the Central Valley’s agricultural business community. The 2019 Ag Business Award is ... Read More »

Give Your Soils A Health Check-Up

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California Project Looks At Cover Crops As A Prescription For Ailing Soils. • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • In the past few years, the term “healthy soils” has become a widely used buzzword surrounded by a lot of hype. But the question remains, what are healthy soils? Much like the term “sustainability,” healthy soils mean different things to different ... Read More »

California Takes New Action To Cancel Chlorpyrifos

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• By Kevin Hecteman • The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has officially moved to cancel registrations of crop-protection materials containing the insecticide chlorpyrifos, citing potential health effects from exposure. Manufacturers of the material say it can continue to be used safely, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said last month it would not impose a nationwide ban. DPR says ... Read More »

CCGGA Honors Stan Creelman With Distinguished Service Award

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The California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association honored Stan Creelman of Mid-Valley Cotton Growers earlier this summer, celebrating his retirement. He is widely recognized as a leader in the California ginning industry. Roger Isom, California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association president/CEO, not only presented Creelman a plaque recognizing his dedicated years of service as a board member but also honored ... Read More »

Weather, Prices, Other Factors Cloud California Cotton Outlook

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• By Cecilia Parsons • California’s 2019 cotton crop will struggle this year as a result of late spring rains, shaky pricing and the loss of a key crop-protection material, according to farmers and marketers. Roger Isom, president of the California Cotton Growers and Ginners Association, said a farmer survey in mid-May indicated cotton was planted on 261,000 acres in ... Read More »

Across The Belt

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Cotton Planting Described As Mixed Bag In 2019. • By Carroll Smith, Editor • This year’s planting season has been a mixed bag with Mother Nature taking the reins in producing unusual weather in some areas of the Cotton Belt. Other parts of the U.S. cotton-growing region were somewhat dry and waiting on a rain to get seed in the ... Read More »