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Tips for a healthy cotton stand

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• By Matt Foster • With cotton planting just around the corner, a couple key factors should be taken into consideration. Early planting is a key component of successful cotton production; however, if planted too early, yield potential can be reduced. Growing up, I often heard farmers say, “The day you plant cotton is the most important day for the ... Read More »

Establish A Healthy Cotton Stand

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As of mid-March, the earliest planted cotton in the Lower Rio Grande Valley has been out of the ground for a couple of weeks. Planting in the Coastal Bend region has been wide open the past few weeks, and cotton has started to emerge there, also. Some early plantings have already occurred in areas of the Upper Gulf Coast, but ... Read More »

USDA: 2021 cotton plantings expected to drop less than 1%

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its perspective planting report for 2021, and it shows U.S. cotton growers plan to plant about 12.03 million acres — or less than a 1% reduction nationwide compared to 2020. Upland area is estimated at 11.9 million acres, up slightly from 2020. American Pima area is estimated at 142,000 ... Read More »

Mechanical planter settings can affect harvest yield

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Due to high consumer expectations, farmers and agricultural producers are constantly under pressure to deliver their products at higher yields for cheaper prices. This may seem like an impossible combination of demands, but University of Georgia Cooperative Extension researchers are developing precision agriculture methods to make the planting process more efficient for farmers while protecting profits. A recently published article ... Read More »

Last Minute Planting Considerations

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As of mid-February, many of the cotton producing regions of Texas have not seen adequate relief from dry conditions. They persist in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Coastal Bend and parts of the Blacklands. Hopefully, some relief is headed to these areas by early March as we get closer to planting. As I write this on Feb. 12, much of ... Read More »

NCC survey points to 5.2% reduction in planted acres for 2021

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U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 11.5 million cotton acres this spring, down 5.2 % from 2020 (based on U.S. Department of Agriculture’s’s February 2021 estimate), according to the National Cotton Council’s 40th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey. Upland cotton intentions are 11.3 million acres, down 4.9% from 2020, while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of 161,000 acres represent a ... Read More »

Fine-Tune Plans Before Planting Begins

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I hope 2021 started out right for you. Here in the Texas High Plains, we have finally been blessed with some moisture, even if in the form of snow. The first half of January brought anywhere from 4 to 9 inches to much of West Texas. After melting, that may not amount to much, but we are certainly grateful for ... Read More »