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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 »

2020 Cotton Crop Update

missouri cotton

Florida cotton has good yield potential at this point. Weather has been mostly good for growing and fruit set. Many of our growers use conservation tillage when planting but may plant into winter fallow weeds while some plant into cover crops. Our data over the years with cover crops shows that they can help with erosion control and moisture conservation ... Read More »

Clemson irrigation expert says crops face critical water needs

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Growing season is in full swing and farmers must pay close attention to the water needs of several crops at this stage, says a Clemson University specialist. Michael Plumblee, Clemson Extension precision agriculture specialist who also is an Agronomic Crops Team and Water Resources Team member housed at the Edisto Research and Education Center, said that until recently, several places ... Read More »

Mid-Season Focus On Management

furrow irrigation

The 2020 season has been a challenging one thus far to say the least. As I write this June 2, our acreage is noticeably down due to prices and especially to the abnormally uncooperative planting weather throughout the large majority of our planting season. Many of our acres fell to prevented planting, other crops (primarily soybean), or both, although it ... Read More »