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A Century Of Cotton

In 2022, it will have been 100 years since my great grandpaw, Gotleib Voigt, moved up here from Central Texas and bought some land on the South Plains. I am the fourth generation to farm the home place. Our family has always grown cotton, and it’s about the only viable crop option here in this region. In years past, I ... Read More »

State-of-the-art drain tile system gives MSU researchers new tools

msu drain tiles

A new water management system installed at Mississippi State University’s R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center is elevating university researchers’ capabilities of developing drainage solutions for farmers in Mississippi and across the Mid-South. Advanced Drainage Systems, a leading manufacturer in drainage and irrigation, selected MSU as a Midsouth research site for the state-of-the-art water management system. The company recently installed ... Read More »

OK State’s TAPS program lets farmers test drive new irrigation technologies

LEPA in cotton

Oklahoma State University’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is using an interactive program called Testing Ag Performance Solutions to help corn and cotton farmers with irrigated crops improve water-use management. TAPS allows producers to try out research-based improved technologies and strategies at OSU Ag Research sites in the Oklahoma Panhandle before investing their own money in similar systems, ... Read More »

Cattle Grazing Provides Benefits To Row Crop Systems

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• By David Wright, University of Florida • Many crop producers in the Florida Panhandle use conservation tillage when planting into winter fallow weeds or cover crops. The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences research data over the years shows that cover crops can help prevent erosion and conserve moisture but may not always increase yields. However, data ... Read More »

Harvest Preparations Underway

mississippi cotton irrigation

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” is a saying first attributed to a 1530s animal husbandry book in reference to sheep dogs. I’d like to think it doesn’t apply to cotton growers and ag professionals. With that assumption, I’d like to propose two harvest-time challenges. • A Quick Plant Map. After defoliation but before harvest, take 5 minutes ... Read More »

Soil Properties And Runoff

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• By Dr. Larry Oldham, Mississippi State University • Soils are the environmental regulators of rain: When it falls, soil properties determine if it goes into the soil (infiltration) or across the surface (runoff). In the runoff water, there may be sediment and whatever is attached to it, nutrients and other elements dissolved in the water, and biological entities such ... Read More »