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Fertilizer Offers Potential Deer Management Solution

deer damage

• By Bryce Ethridge • The threat of deer eating the cotton grown on local farms sent University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent Katie Burch searching for a solution. With the help of UGA East Georgia agronomist Mark Freeman, the Burke County, Georgia, agent may have found one. Although the potential solution needs further research for verification, Burch says she ... Read More »

Researchers Examine Broiler Litter As Fertilizer For Row Crops

chicken litter

• By Larry Oldham • Editor’s note: Here are highlights of Larry Oldham’s broiler litter article. To see the complete report, go to https://bit.ly/2TTx6X1. Extensive research has been conducted with poultry litter as a nutrient source for row crops within Mississippi. Here are several considerations about including poultry litter in the nutrient program. ▶ How much is it worth and what ... Read More »

Tips To Promote A Successful Stand

Quick Start

Harvest activities have come to an end in the Texas High Plains, and fieldwork has picked up. As we continue planning for the upcoming season, one of the most important decisions our growers have to make relates to variety choice. Fertility, insecticide and herbicide programs have some flexibility and can be adjusted during the growing season to address specific challenges ... Read More »

Growth Stages Of A Cotton Consultant

hank jones

It’s been said that the first 40 days of a cotton plant’s life are the most important. That may be true, but it’s hard to remember the first 40 days by the time you get to September and Tropical Storm Gordon is headed your way. In a couple of weeks, I’ll make it to 40 years old — an age ... Read More »

A Roller Coaster Of A Season For Some

harvest photo

Harvest season is especially busy and stressful for farmers as they often have two or more crops to gather in an eight- to 10-week period. There is also the potential for tropical storms and hurricanes that delay and reduce harvest and shorter days in November, which result in less harvest time. Cotton yields have generally been good with many fields ... Read More »

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 »