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Study finds low-grade cotton may have use as valuable gel

Noureddine Abidi

A big part of what makes West Texas one of the leading cotton-producing regions in the world is the hot, dry weather that defines the area and is ideal for encouraging cotton growth. But that weather also can be unpredictable and can influence cotton crops negatively as well. When that happens, farmers may be able to salvage as much of their ... Read More »

Clean And On Time

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Unencumbered flow of uncontaminated cotton into the marketplace continues to be a National Cotton Council priority. What about contamination prevention? ■ The NCC strongly urges producers and gin managers to have their entire harvest and ginning crews watch the updated NCC-produced “Prevention of Plastic Contamination” video. The National Cotton Ginners Association conveyed this message at its three Gin Schools this year. ... Read More »

Carefully Evaluate Varieties For 2019

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Many of our cotton producers were glad to leave 2018 behind them as crop management was difficult through most of the year due to wet conditions after a dry early May. Even though the crop was one of the best ones produced in years, harvest time saw one of the most harsh periods in many decades with Hurricane Michael. The ... Read More »

Deltapine® Fiber Quality Delivers A Win-Win In Arkansas

billy don hinkle, arkansas

• SPONSORED CONTENT • My Strong Cotton | SPECIAL REPORT This fall, Cotton Farming editor Carroll Smith captured stories from farmers planting Deltapine varieties, looking for high yield and good fiber quality potential. Following is her special report on Billy Don Hinkle in Marianna, Arkansas.   Mother Nature did her best this year to try the patience of Billy Don Hinkle, ... Read More »

Whitefly Pressure Threatens Georgia’s Late-Planted Cotton Crop

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• By Clint Thompson • Phillip Roberts, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension entomologist, says Georgia cotton farmers who planted their crop late this year need to be mindful of potential whitefly pressure. Because whiteflies prefer green, lush cotton more than plants near maturity, most of the crop planted early in April and May avoided whitefly problems. However, Roberts has observed whiteflies ... Read More »

Pre-Harvest Considerations

Gaylon Morgan/Texas A&M University Agriculture & Life Sciences

After some mid- and late-season pest issues (lygus, mites), and a rough summer with high temperatures, most cotton fields still look relatively good going into boll maturation. Late plantings and fields that sustained a lot of early to mid-season lygus losses have top crops that will be important to attaining decent yields. They will need to be irrigated later than ... Read More »