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Hurricane Michael Ravaged ‘Promising’ Cotton Crop

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• By Clint Thompson • What was an extremely promising Georgia cotton crop was devastated when Hurricane Michael ravaged south Georgia Oct. 10-11. According to Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist, the prospects of 1,500 to 1,800 pounds of dryland cotton for some producers were reduced, resulting in 80 to 90 percent losses in some fields. “It’s much ... 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 »

Meter Data Show Georgia Farmers Using Water Responsibly

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Data the state of Georgia has collected on farmers’ water use since 2004 show farmers are responsibly using water to irrigate their crops, Mark Masters, director of the Georgia Water Planning and Policy Center at Albany State University told Georgia Farm Bureau Commodity Conference attendees. “Georgia farmers do a good job of responsibly using Georgia’s water resources, Masters says. “The ... Read More »

Industry News for September 2018

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‘Thriving In Cotton’ Series Kicks Off In October To help cotton farmers make next season their best, PhytoGen is sponsoring a “Thriving in Cotton” series in Cotton Farming. Throughout the series, farmers from across the Cotton Belt will share their experiences with PhytoGen W3FE varieties. Each column will feature how PhytoGen Breeding Traits, WideStrike 3 Insect Protection and the Enlist ... Read More »

UGA crop geneticists awarded $935,000 to breed softer cotton, more resilient peanuts

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture awarded University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences plant breeders almost $1 million in grants this fiscal year to produce improved cotton and peanut varieties. Searching for softer cotton Regents’ Professor Andrew Paterson, director of the Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory and member of the CAES Department of ... Read More »

Georgia Cotton Farmers Hope To Rebound From 2017

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• By Julie Jernigan, University of Georgia • Researchers project that Georgia’s cotton farmers will plant more than 1.45 million acres this year. This is an increase from 1.28 million acres in 2017, says Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist. Farmers planted cotton in May, and prices have increased due to increased demand and strong U.S. exports. The ... Read More »

Want To Learn? Travel To Georgia

By Bobby Skeen Monroe, La. Many cotton producers in the Mid-South have shifted away from cotton, some even shifting completely out of cotton for grains. Nevertheless, cotton is still “King” in the hearts of so many producers throughout the Mississippi Delta region. That is certainly true for three producers from southeast Missouri. Gary Hayes, Patrick Turnage and Johnny Watkins were ... Read More »