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Louisiana Master Farmer Program graduates 2020 class

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The Louisiana Master Farmer Program, a Louisiana State University AgCenter-led initiative that teaches about conservation, recently graduated its 2020 class. Five new Master Farmer certifications as well as 14 recertifications were awarded  recently during a virtual meeting of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts. Also, Mead Hardwick of Tensas Parish was named the 2020 Louisiana Outstanding Master Farmer. To become ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter project examines wide-row cotton

wide row cotton

An LSU AgCenter project is examining the benefits and challenges of growing cotton on wider rows that line up with configurations used for other crops, potentially saving farmers money. Cotton rows are typically either 38 or 40 inches wide. But interest is growing in 60-inch rows, and the AgCenter as well as two northeast Louisiana farmers gave it a try ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter names new cotton and grains specialist

Matt Foster

• By Bruce Schultz • The LSU AgCenter has named Matt Foster as the statewide specialist for cotton, corn and grain sorghum starting Jan. 19, 2021. He’s ready to go to work. “My first day is already planned out with a grower meeting to meet producers,” Foster said. “I’m already putting things on my calendar.” Melissa Cater, director of the ... Read More »

60-Inch Rows: Our Hail Mary Pass At Growing Cotton

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• By Darrell VandeVen • When we started picking cotton in the fall of 2019, my brother, Donnie, and I finally faced the reality that the crop just wasn’t working for us anymore. Our cost of production was too high, and the price we usually received was too low for the numbers to pencil out. We seriously considered quitting it ... Read More »

The Bright Side Of 2020?

carroll smith

In a year that has been described as the “devil’s scourge” by so many if not literally than figuratively, I believe it’s therapeutic to push aside the negative aspects and concentrate on the positives. As I wrapped up this issue of Cotton Farming, it occurred to me that every article in the magazine shines the proverbial “light at the end ... Read More »

LDAF offers update on mystery seed shipments

fresno seeds

Nearly two months after the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry first reported that Louisiana residents received unsolicited packages of seeds originating from China, there is an update from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “According to our contacts at the USDA, so far, there have been very few weeds or species containing diseases which is good news. Anytime a foreign ... Read More »

Look to soil temp, not calendar, for optimal planting time

soil temperature

Cotton farmers should look to soil temperature rather than the calendar for optimal planting time, according to Louisiana State University AgCenter experts. Cotton is usually planted between mid-April and mid-May in Louisiana; however, recent cooler temperatures may have slowed seasonal spring soil warming and could significantly affect the critical germination period required for the tropical plant. That is why it ... Read More »