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Into The Unknown

carroll smith

One of the big questions in the cotton industry is what does the millennial generation think about farming in today’s economic environment? The market is not that great, inputs are costly, and the global trade situation is iffy at times. If you are a “Facebooker,” or an “Instagramer,” you’ve probably seen numerous videos and comments posted by these young farmers ... Read More »

Lynn Farms

don and betty lynn

Bootheel Missouri Cotton Farmers Don And Betty Lynn Have Chalked Up 62 Cotton Crops And Counting. • By Carroll Smith, Editor • Kennett, Missouri, where cotton and other commodity crops flourish in the countryside, is in the southeast corner of the Bootheel, nestled between Arkansas and the Mississippi River. It is also home to Don and Betty Lynn, who have ... Read More »

MU gains part in $10 million USDA cover crop grant

missouri cover crops

Missouri agricultural scientists working in cover crops share in a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They will work with colleagues in 30 organizations across the country and around the world. “The five-year project aims to increase crop profitability and sustainability using cover crops and reduced tillage,” says Rob Myers, University of Missouri Extension cover crop specialist. ... Read More »

Passing The Baton

carroll smith

Looking back on the history of a farming operation can sometimes involve measuring the growth in acreage, comparing yield results from one year to another, and calculating the return on investment for improvements made. Another aspect worthy of contemplation is the human element. Read More »

Motorola Radios, Windowsill Cotton

patrick turnage

When I was a young boy, I went everywhere with my grandfather and daddy, constantly bugging them to let me drive everything. I wanted so badly to be a farmer. One day we were walking through the John Deere dealership. I was following my grandfather like a dog on a leash, asking one farming question after another. Papaw, why do ... Read More »

A Cotton-Pickin’ Exciting Time

francis & sally hulshof

Like many kids growing up in the Missouri Bootheel, cotton was the center of our lives. It drew the whole community together. From everyday lunches at the local grocery store to “cotton tales” so memorable they have lived on through the years. Francis Hulshof: In 1942, I was in the eighth grade. Cotton was picked by hand and hauled to ... 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 »