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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

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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

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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 »

Industry News For July 2019

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Emerging Leaders Program Participants Selected Thirteen U.S. cotton industry members have been chosen for the National Cotton Council’s 2019-2020 Emerging Leaders Program. Representing the industry’s seven segments are: Producers – Philip Edwards III, Smithfield, Virginia; Jaclyn Ford, Alapaha, Georgia; Ben Good, Starkville, Mississippi; Kellon Lee, St. Joseph, Louisiana; Dean Rovey, Buckeye, Arizona; and Jake Sheely, Lemoore, California; Ginner – Burch ... Read More »

Mid-Season Management

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Rainfall has been frequent across most of the Bootheel, and as I write this, there are plenty of chances for rain in the future. Don’t be tempted to irrigate squaring cotton unless there is a substantial dry spell soon. However, starting the flowering period with adequate soil moisture is essential and should remain at adequate levels to ensure proper fruit ... Read More »

North Plains Water District, Texas A&M Team On Water Conservation Videos

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• By Kay Ledbetter • “Cotton and Conservation” is the title of a new series of videos being developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and North Plains Groundwater Conservation District. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, says she is excited about the new partnership that will report on cotton development and irrigation conservation at demonstration sites ... Read More »