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Texas High Plains yields drop below original forecasts

Texas high plains cotton harvest

• By Seshadri Ramkuma • Yields in the High Plains of Texas are expected to be below what was originally forecast. “Yields are 25% to 30% off the normal,” said Mark Brown, director of field services for Lubbock, Texas-based Plains Cotton Growers Inc. During the Nov. 15 meeting of all the stakeholders from the cotton sector, discussion centered on this ... Read More »

Arkansas cotton, rice harvests beat the cold; fruit may suffer

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After a mild weekend of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50s, much of Arkansas found itself dealing with widespread rains and falling mercury throughout Monday. Tuesday, Nov. 12, the state awoke to a morning that declared itself as “winter” in no uncertain terms. The National Weather Service described Little Rock’s post-sunrise temperature as “22, feels like 9” degrees ... Read More »

2019 harvest progress snapshot

arkansas cotton harvest

In October, scientists from universities, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, seed companies, Cotton Incorporated and the National Cotton Council convened to discuss the knowns and unknowns about cotton leaf roll disease. Considerable information has been generated over the past year or so. Still, there is much to be determined. This viral disease was first identified from cotton in east central ... Read More »

Thankful for the little things

carroll smith

For me, Nov. 1 signals the approach of Thanksgiving and brings to mind all the ways in which we are blessed. It’s ironic to be writing this with only a scrap of filtered light coming through the window and a bare minimum of battery power on my computer following the ferocious winds that blew through, causing an electrical outage. But ... Read More »

Opening bolls immediately after a freeze

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• By Tyson Raper • The forecast lows for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights in Tennessee have bounced around over the past few days, but this morning they included a 26, 28, 28 and 31 degrees. I’ve passed many fields with a large percentage of large bolls in the upper canopy still closed. Today (10/29) is the day to ... Read More »

Late season heat, dry weather aided Mississippi cotton

mississippi cotton

Parts of Mississippi’s landscape are turning white, but unlike some northern areas, this coloration is caused by cotton bolls opening for harvest, not snow accumulation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that nearly a quarter of Mississippi’s cotton crop had been harvested by Sept. 29. To date, 45% of the crop is rated in good condition and 39% fair. Cotton ... Read More »