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Managing A Late Crop

In many areas of the Belt, the cotton crop is somewhat behind schedule this year, requiring producers to make adjustments to their “normal” production practices. Thirty percent of the Web Poll respondents say they have had to deal with adjusting PGR rates, spraying more for insect pests, adjusting herbicide programs and keeping an eye on their irrigation scheduling. Following is ... Read More »

Persistence Keeps Cotton Competitive

Billy Bryant Bryant Consulting Services, Inc. Leflore County, Mississippi When I was 14 years old, I started scouting cotton for Bill Harris, a local consultant here in the county and a charter member of the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association. I worked for Bill for eight crops, and he was really instrumental in steering me toward a consulting career. After college, ... Read More »

Water, Irrigation – What’s Ahead?

Water, or the lack of it, obviously can have a serious impact on a cotton farmer’s bottom line. “If you don’t have water, you definitely will not maximize the yield potential of your chosen varieties,” says Dr. Ed Barnes, Senior Director for Agricultural and Environmental Research at Cotton Incorporated. Water stress is one culprit that can lead to micronaire problems ... Read More »

Integrated Irrigation Scheduling Proves Effective In Georgia

By Amanda Huber Southeast Editor A project taking place in Georgia’s Flint River Basin combines proven technology and high-tech solutions to integrate and automate irrigation scheduling, eventually putting it all in the palm of the producer’s hand. The goal of the Flint Irrigation Scheduling Tool (FIST), which has many partners including the University of Georgia, the Flint River Soil and ... Read More »

Mid-South Embraces Furrow Irrigation

By Carroll Smith Senior Writer Furrow irrigation, which has become more and more popular in the Mid-South, used to involve just rolling out pipe, punching some holes and turning on the well. Today, technology allows farmers to furrow irrigate more efficiently, reducing water, fuel and time. Mississippi State University (MSU) Extension irrigation specialist Jason Krutz recommends three tools that fit ... Read More »

Pre-Season Planning Pays Off

Jack Royal Royal Agricultural Consulting Co., Inc. Leary, Ga. The 2012 crop is now behind us. We had great corn yields, super peanut yields (Georgia may have set a new record for pounds per acre.), and cotton yields turned out much better than we had first thought. The August rains, which caused boll rot, were followed by a warm September ... Read More »

Ark. Consultants Cope With Drought

Nobody ever said it was easy being a crop consultant in eastern Arkansas – mainly because the weather has been downright volatile during the last two years. In 2011, cotton producers in the region were dealing with the Mississippi River and its tributaries flooding to record levels. Read More »