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A Winding Road To Home

BY TRENT HAGGARD KENNETT, MO. A quarter century ago, I excitedly left my hometown of 10,000 to attend the University of Missouri. I was plunging into a student population of more than 25,000. Just the students amounted to two and a half times the population of my entire hometown. During the prior two years of high school, I had often ... Read More »

Persistence Keeps Cotton Competitive

Billy Bryant Bryant Consulting Services, Inc. Leflore County, Mississippi When I was 14 years old, I started scouting cotton for Bill Harris, a local consultant here in the county and a charter member of the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association. I worked for Bill for eight crops, and he was really instrumental in steering me toward a consulting career. After college, ... Read More »

Cotton Has A Home In South Georgia

BY TOMMY HORTON EDITOR All it took was a quick trip to south Georgia recently to confirm what I had heard for several months. Cotton production in this part of the Southeast is alive and well. In fact, you might even say it’s thriving. Sure, the competition from grain crops is everywhere. And everybody knows that cotton prices can’t compare ... Read More »

Rountree Family Farm Thrives With Cotton

Georgia cotton producers have dealt with their fair share of challenges in the past decade. You name it, and they’ve seen it. Drought problems, resistant pigweed, stinkbugs, the loss of a popular cotton seed variety, hurricanes and tropical storms are just a few of the issues that have confronted them while growing cotton. Read More »

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

This famous photograph of the historic Mont Helena home near Rolling Fork, Miss., says it all. Cotton spans generations of farm families and conjures up special feelings. Producers Adam Hatley (Arizona), Barry Evans (Texas), David Cochran (Mississippi) and Donny Lassiter (N.C.) share their thoughts on this wondrous fiber. Adam Hatley Mesa, Ariz. • Fourth-generation farmer. • Leases 3,600 acres for ... Read More »

Farm Bureau Calls For Unity On Ag Issues

Calling on the state’s farmers and ranchers to help shape the future of agriculture through the same “dogged determination” they use in producing crops, California Farm Bureau Federation President Paul Wenger has urged unified action to address the numerous issues confronting California agriculture. During his recent address to delegates attending the CFBF Annual Meeting in Pasadena, Wenger urged farmers and ... Read More »

High Yields Possible During Texas Drought

BY TOMMY HORTON EDITOR What are the odds of a young producer in the High Plains of Texas delivering five-bale cotton yields in 2011 and three-bale yelds in 2012? Initially, it seems impossible if you consider drought conditions that have existed in the region for the past two years. However, that is exactly what 27-year-old producer Justin Foster has accomplished. ... Read More »