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A Bird’s-Eye View Of Cotton

Justin Metz, Bowles Farming drone pilot

California farm enlists drones as part of high-tech toolbox. • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor •  Since 2015, Bowles Farming, a diversified family farming operation near Los Banos, California, has enlisted drones to help boost efficiency, optimize crop inputs and yields, and ultimately, remain profitable. But as technology integration specialist Justin Metz points out, unmanned aerial vehicles — or UAVs as ... Read More »

Mississippi Producer Earns Regional Acclaim

Lonnie Fortner and wife Karen

• By Robert Nathan Gregory•  Lonnie Fortner has been named the Mississippi winner of the 2018 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year award. As an early adopter of precision agriculture technology in southwest Mississippi, Fortner has worked to stay on the progressive edge. He grows cotton, corn, soybeans and peanuts on 3,700 acres scattered across Claiborne County. Embraces ... Read More »

In-Field Variability Affects Cotton Yields And Quality

University of Georgia cotton

• By Denise Attaway • Most cotton seeds found in individual seed lots are created equally, but not every seed has an opportunity to reach its full potential. Clemson precision agriculture engineer Kendall Kirk wants to help explain why. Kirk’s goal is to help more cotton seeds develop into profitable crops by understanding what factors are related to producing high-quality, high-yielding ... Read More »

We’re Off And Running

vacuuming varieties out of a planter

Very little cotton was planted in April this season in Arkansas. Most of our April cotton was planted the last two or three days of the month when planting conditions went from poor to very good. They continued to be very good through May. The first 40 days in the life of a cotton plant sets the foundation for yield ... Read More »

Countdown to Planting Season

CALIFORNIA Heading into the 2018 growing season, the biggest “maybe” out there again is irrigation water supplies and lack of rain and snow to date. Water supply issues are not yet a “done deal” for 2018. We are still hoping for some rain and snow and better decisions and release of workable amounts of water for California farmers out of ... Read More »

Preseason Decisions

CALIFORNIA The remaining winter and early spring months may bring some rain or snow, but weather patterns in late 2017 and early 2018 look like a dry prelude to the 2018 planting season. So far this winter, central California has had relatively normal temperatures but extraordinarily dry conditions. Uncertain rainfall and snow forecasts raise concerns about irrigation water supplies, and ... Read More »

Elevating Efficiency

gary adams, ncc

How do the Beltwide Cotton Conferences contribute? The BWCC provides the findings from cutting edge research and technology aimed at increasing productivity. The performances, both good and bad, of crop inputs and production systems are examined along with other cotton production challenges and opportunities. Specifically, the BWCC facilitates interaction among leading scientists, consultants, Extension/agribusiness personnel and county agents. Their discussion ... Read More »