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Effect of cover crop, seed treatment on stand establishment in cotton, corn and soybeans

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• By Sebe Brown, Trey Price, Tyler Towles, Renada Davis, Myra Purvis, Karla Emfinger, Wade Walker and Dustin Ezell • Cover crops can provide producers a variety of benefits including nutrient cycling , soil cover, nitrogen fixation and pollinator food sources. These cover crops come in many types, including grasses, legumes (mostly clovers) and brassicas (generally tillage radish and rapeseed). ... Read More »

Cover crops in semi-arid cotton systems: Where do I begin?​

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In this 30-minute online presentation, Paul DeLaune —an associate professor and environmental soil scientist at Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Vernon, Texas — tries to demystify cover crops. The use of cover crops is constantly making headlines and being featured in agricultural news outlets. But will they work in your region, especially if it is a semi-arid environment? Exploring how ... Read More »

Consumers Drive Move To More Sustainable California Cotton Farming

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• By Jeannette E. Warnert • Consumers who purchase luxury cotton textiles want more than cool, soft, absorbent fabric. Increasingly, they demand clothing made from fiber grown using ecologically sound practices and they’re willing to pay for it, said speakers representing the textile industry at a University of California Cooperative Extension webinar on Healthy Soils for Healthy Profits. At the ... Read More »

North Carolina Harvest Update

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So far, 2020 is the year that keeps on giving. We can’t seem to catch a break, and most folks are ready to get this year behind us. Despite all the challenges we’ve faced, we have a substantial top crop — albeit late maturing — that has developed since early August. We were all hoping for fall weather similar to ... Read More »

Soil Health Institute launches ‘Cotton & Covers’ video training series

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The Soil Health Institute has launched “Cotton & Covers,” a Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton video series. It follows three Southeastern cotton producers as they discuss their individual journeys to build profitable soil health management systems on their farms. Each producer is a mentor to other farmers in the soil health training program, working with neighbors to expand the knowledge ... Read More »

UCCE webinar focuses on raising the value of California cotton

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Well-known appellations, powerful marketing and excellent products make California wines valuable. Could the same be done for California’s cotton crop? California farmers produce high-quality cotton but currently take in only 62 cents per pound, a price that makes turning a profit challenging. UC Cooperative Extension is working with a team of soil health and fiber sustainability experts to offer an ... Read More »