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Driving Continuous Improvement

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The National Cotton Council wants to show that U.S. cotton not only is among the most sustainably produced fibers in the world but is striving to further reduce its environmental footprint. Can U.S. cotton claim to be sustainable? ■ U.S. cotton producers operate under one of the world’s most stringent regulatory environments and already possess a near 40-year track record of ... Read More »

Set Early Season Priorities

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Among the specialists, I’m the new kid on the block, though I’ve been around the block several times and am no longer a kid. This is my 42nd crop, and I’m still learning… Alabama growers planted considerably more acres than normal in late April and early May. The aim is a half million acres and a million bales of cotton. ... Read More »

Don’t Mess With Texas

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Cotton Acreage Continues To Climb In Northern Texas Panhandle • By Kay Ledbetter • Cotton acreage has almost tripled in the past five years in the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service District 1, which covers the 22 northernmost counties in the Panhandle. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, says the cropping picture has definitely changed as producers deal with ... Read More »

California Groundwater

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Local Agencies Work Toward Sustainability • By Christine Souza • Farmers, water managers and government agencies agree: Groundwater sustainability is critical for California. But achieving it could bring significant changes to the state’s agricultural landscape, according to speakers at a recent Sacramento gathering of water professionals. Under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014, known as SGMA, groundwater sustainability plans must ... Read More »

2019 Planning Season Takes Shape

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Planting decisions for the 2019 season are taking shape. Cash margins for all commodities are tight and provide little room for mistakes. We must be smart to get the most out of our inputs. We need to watch our costs yet provide the necessary inputs to protect yield potential. Variety selection for yield and quality is an important first step ... Read More »

Researchers Look At Enhanced-Efficiency Nitrogen Fertilizers

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• By Denise Attaway, Clemson University • South Carolina cotton farmers may one day know exactly how much nitrogen their crops need to produce higher yields with greater quality. Armed with this knowledge, farmers can reduce costs and help protect the environment. Bhupinder Farmaha, a soil fertility specialist at Clemson’s Edisto Research and Education Center in Blackville, has received funding from ... Read More »

2017 Was An Eye-Opener

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Bad Verticillium Wilt Years Highlight Need To Choose Tolerant Varieties. • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • Alan Monroe, who farms cotton north of Plainview, Texas, never thought much about Verticillium wilt and the need for selecting varieties with tolerance to the soilborne pathogen until 2017 Last summer’s cool, wet weather later in the growing season caused Verticillium wilt to explode, ... Read More »