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2021 Variety Selection Tips

We met in a conference center lobby at Jekyll Island. I didn’t know him or what he did. It was his first day on the job. I was there to recap the season for growers at a Farm Bureau policy convention. I later realized, he, as president of a large seed company, was there to take a tongue lashing about ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter project examines wide-row cotton

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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 »

Precision Planting launches 2 seed placement technologies

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Precision Planting LLC has introduced two seed placement optimization technologies that provide growers with greater seed placement precision, improved crop emergence and stand uniformity, and increased yield potential —all from the comfort of their tractor cab. The new SmartDepth technology uses a proprietary calibration process to ensure  every row unit is planting at the same depth, removing row-to-row variability, according ... Read More »

Research Benefits Southern Plains Cotton

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Cotton Incorporated leaders and scientists continue to advance the crucial agricultural and environmental research for which they are responsible. Cotton Incorporated’s Agricultural and Environmental Research Department has taken a steadfast approach to managing ongoing research projects and priorities through these challenging times. Along with university and U.S. Department of Agriculture research partners, the AERD team at ... Read More »

NCSU releases two cotton decision tools

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North Carolina State University’s cotton Extension specialists Guy Collins and Keith Edmisten have released two decision tools on the NC State Cotton Extension Portal to help growers maximize outcomes while minimizing agronomic risk. The first decision aid is the Cotton Variety Calculator. “We used to publish variety tables for growers, but they could only sort columns. We felt we could ... Read More »

When should I switch to an earlier maturing variety?

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• By Guy Collins and Keith Edmiston • There have been quite a few calls over the past few days from growers asking when they should consider switching to early maturing varieties. This is largely driven by the significant delays in planting during late April and the first two weeks of May (prolonged, unsuitably cool weather) and the likelihood of ... Read More »

Balancing Calendar And Conditions

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As of mid-April, early planted cotton in the Texas Rio Grande Valley was squaring. There have been some isolated reports of early pressure from thrips and aphids. Early season scouting for these pests and understanding economic thresholds for each one is essential to developing and executing timely management practices. Postemergence herbicide applications should be in full swing in this region. ... Read More »