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Conservation

Industry News Oct. 2016

Texan Named In Faces Of Farming And Ranching A Texan has been named one of the eight finalists in the third class of Faces of Farming and Ranching by the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA). Texas Farm Bureau member Jeremy Brown grows cotton, organic cotton, wheat, grain sorghum, rye, peanuts and sesame on the South Plains of West Texas. He ... Read More »

Research & Education Rotation, Cover Crops Impact Cotton Yields More Than Tillage

By Kay Ledbetter Texas A&M University After eight years of research on no-till advantages and disadvantages with cotton crops, Dr. Paul DeLaune is convinced it’s not as much about the tillage as it is about the cover crop and/or rotation. DeLaune, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research environmental soil scientist in Vernon, says he has compared no-till, strip till and conventional ... Read More »

Irrigating For High Yields

By Guy Collins And Keith Edmisten North Carolina State University Authors’ note: These general irrigation guidelines were developed several years ago by other faculty at the University of Georgia. In some cases, deviating from this model may be appropriate. Much of this information is based on my (Collins) personal research experience while in Georgia. We recommend this model as a ... Read More »

Irrigation Strategies

Irrigation Strategies for cotton

Technology improves water-use efficiency and profitability. By Carroll Smith Editor Part 1  Irrigation Strategies – Part 2 is available here. In that installment, irrigation experts will address efficient, profitable irrigation methods used in the Southwest and West regions of the Cotton Belt. Watering cotton to prevent drought stress and improve yields is not a new concept. However, implementing modern technology to improve water-use efficiency ... Read More »

Irrigating Cotton With Sensors

By Rad Yager Whether you’re a cotton breeder, researcher or grower, it’s time to consider using soil moisture sensors if you irrigate. Basically, they will help you understand what’s going on deep below the soil surface. Here are some tips on how to get started with the technology. Soil moisture sensors continue to improve and the network of consultants using ... Read More »

Getting ‘Back To Basics’

In sports, it is inevitable that a player (or a team) will go into a slump. In every case, the recipe for getting out of that slump and back into high performance is to break down the training routine to “focus on the fundamentals.” Only then, when that foundation is re-established, can the player or team begin to move toward ... Read More »

USDA Offers Renewal Options For Producers With Expiring Contracts

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By Seth Fiedler CSP Program Manager Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced that $150 million in funding is available for agricultural producers through the Conservation Stewardship Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s largest conservation program that helps producers voluntarily improve the health and productivity of private and Tribal working lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to add an estimated ... Read More »