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2020 Harvest Update

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October is the main month for cotton harvest in Florida. There are often tropical storms or hurricanes that can affect harvest timing and result in low yield and quality even though a good crop is made through good management over the previous four months. Many of our peanut/cotton farmers set a priority on getting peanut harvested before cotton harvest begins ... Read More »

Mississippi cotton has a strong boll set nearing harvest

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Mississippi has a good-looking cotton crop in most places, but acreage is down to 520,000 acres because of a rainy planting season and unfavorable market conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Aug. 31 estimated 65% of the state’s crop to be in good or excellent condition. The rest is considered fair, with just 8% in poor condition. State growers ... Read More »

Hurricane Laura may affect early Arkansas harvest efforts

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• By Ryan McGeeney • High winds and heavy rainfall from what forecasters expect will be a major hurricane — Hurricane Laura — will likely sweep through most of Arkansas by Friday, just as harvest nears for several major crops across the state. Laura is predicted to push into Arkansas before turning northeastward toward Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee. The National ... Read More »

Hurricane Hanna devastates Texas Rio Grande cotton

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Cotton producers in the Rio Grande Valley took a devastating hit from Hurricane Hanna, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Other row crops like corn and sorghum were harvested before the storm arrived, but some alternative crops like sesame and citrus experienced damages as well. Dr. Holly Davis, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Weslaco, said Hurricane Hanna took an ... Read More »

UGA cotton agronomist wants to reduce weather risk through research

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• By Clint Thompson • Georgia’s cotton crop was decimated by Hurricane Michael in 2018. Now, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist Jared Whitaker is hoping his research will help alleviate some of the risks associated with harvesting cotton when tropical systems arrive in the fall. “With cotton production, we can’t do anything to prevent damage to the crop ... Read More »

Prepare For Timely Harvest

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

Years ago, there were considerable educational efforts regarding the initial 40 days of the season. Starting strong — achieving a respectable stand, obtaining good weed control with minimal crop injury, and winning the battle against thrips and seedling disease — is no doubt critical. But I think that in the southerly extremes, the last 40 days are even more important. ... Read More »

South Carolina Cotton Crop Poised To Rebound In 2019

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• By Denise Attaway, Clemson University • Hurricanes, a government shutdown and trade combined to create a tough year for South Carolina cotton farmers in 2018. But reports during the South Carolina Cotton Growers Annual Meeting show steps are being taken to help farmers rebound this season. “We still have a lot of cotton in the fields,” says Michael Jones, Clemson ... Read More »