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Study suggests growth-stage-based irrigation strategies for higher yields

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Cotton is sensitive to water stress at different growth stages, needing water at specific times to produce a high-yielding crop. A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study investigated the best strategies to improve irrigation water-use efficiency while maintaining high yields. “Evaluation of crop-growth-stage-based deficit irrigation strategies for cotton production in the Southern High Plains,” was authored by AgriLife Research researchers Srinivasulu ... Read More »

Technology, Cotton Go Hand In Hand

zach sheely

I am blessed to be a fourth-generation farmer and a second-generation California farmer. My parents, Ted and Deborah Sheely, moved to California from Arizona to farm cotton in California’s Central Valley in the 1970s. We are south of Fresno and receive less than 8 inches of annual rainfall. Farming in the land of fruits and nuts has its challenges as ... Read More »

Texas A&M Sets Rolling Plains Field Day For Sept. 24

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The annual Rolling Plains Summer Field Day, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Vernon, is set for Sept. 24 at the agency’s Chillicothe Research Station, 1340 Farm-to-Market Road 392, Chillicothe. The free program will begin with registration at 8 a.m. followed by the field tour from 9-11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served, and three general ... Read More »

Eyeballing The Cotton Crop

Our Alabama crop is all over the board in terms of growth stage and condition. I’ve seen good, bad and ugly… and late. Struggles have been many. High mid-May temperatures and lack of rain interrupted the planting cycle. Stands are erratic in places. May, June and early July rains were very spotty. Thrips and aphid pressure was often extreme, while ... Read More »

Texas Tech’s Herrera-Estrella Focuses On Building High-Impact Cotton Program

Luis Herrera-Estrella

Luis Herrera-Estrella, Texas Tech’s first National Academy of Sciences member, started work in the fall in the Texas Tech Department of Plant and Soil Science. And now that he’s somewhat settled, the world-class plant molecular biologist has begun steps toward using cotton as a model system to develop technologies that are applicable more generally to all crops grown under conditions ... Read More »

McLain Farms

shane, sammijo mclain and their family

Texas Panhandle Operation Rotates Cotton And Cattle. • By Carroll Smith, Editor • Shane McLain and his wife, SammiJo, operate a stripper cotton and cow-calf business in Castro County, Texas, between Hart and Nazareth. This area of West Texas is part of the Panhandle — the northernmost 26 counties in the state where cotton acreage is fast replacing grain as ... Read More »