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Louisiana Strong

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Layers Of Support Contribute To Success • By Carroll Smith, Editor • Thomas “Tap” Parker says he always loved everything about farming but did not step into a large, multi-generational operation. His mother and father, Marie “Tweet” and Bill, owned 300 acres of farmland near Lake Providence, Louisiana, along with a small gas station and fuel distributorship. “After my father died ... Read More »

A Busy Man’s Gift Of Time Is Priceless

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An anonymous quote that popped up recently on my social media feed says, “A rich man buying you something means nothing, but a busy man giving you his time means everything.” I am not sure I agree with the first part of the quote. I believe any gift from someone should be appreciated no matter what the person’s financial status ... Read More »

Nothing Says Farming Like Family

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When a new baby comes into the world, everyone scrutinizes each little detail to see what has been passed down from one generation to the next.[adinser[ Does the child have Daddy’s eyes or maybe Mama’s big smile? Feel the grip of these strong fingers. Gonna be a good cotton picker driver! As the years go by, assessing physical attributes gives ... Read More »

Water-Use Efficiency Supports Sustainability

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• By Brent Murphree, Memphis, Tennessee • Throughout the Mid-South, Cotton Incorporated-funded water research is making huge impacts on how cotton farmers manage their irrigated crop. Over the past 30 years, producers have improved irrigation efficiency in cotton 82 percent, according to Field to Market, an alliance of stakeholders that emphasizes sustainable resources across the agricultural supply chain. The Cotton Sustainability ... Read More »

Keep Your Eyes On The Bad Guys

By Carroll Smith Senior Writer This month, Cotton Farming is focusing on familiar insect pests that likely will be back again this year. In the cover article, several consultants discuss what cotton insect pests they expect to see in their respective cotton-growing regions. To supplement the Mid-South report, Cotton Farming has gathered timely comments on May 30 from Extension entomologists ... Read More »

Do Your Homework Before Planting

MISSOURI Mike Milam milammr@missouri.edu DROUGHT CONTINUES IN MISSOURI Southeast Missouri is blessed with groundwater resources. Irrigation really helped us duringseveral severe droughts within the past five years. The Drought Monitor had our growing area classified as exceptional drought during much of the growing season. I was amazed that some of our non-irrigated ground had really good yields. These fields had ... Read More »

Winter Preparations – A Must For 2013 Crop

MISSOURI Mike Milam milammr@missouri.edu EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT HURT MISSOURI As we look back on the 2012 Missouri cotton crop, we had a pretty good year. While our drought conditions were described by the Drought Monitor as exceptional, we still had a better-than-average year. With our irrigation potential in the Bootheel area, we were able to overcome some of the heat and ... Read More »