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Planting

Tips To Establish A Good, Healthy Stand

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The good news of more rain and snow and an improved water supply situation has been a highlight of the year so far. However, rainy weather patterns that were holding through most of March had many wondering if we were going to get some decent cotton planting conditions this spring. It finally looks like the rain and snow have started ... Read More »

Tips To Promote A Successful Stand

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Harvest activities have come to an end in the Texas High Plains, and fieldwork has picked up. As we continue planning for the upcoming season, one of the most important decisions our growers have to make relates to variety choice. Fertility, insecticide and herbicide programs have some flexibility and can be adjusted during the growing season to address specific challenges ... Read More »

Prepare Now For Planting Season

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Planting season will soon be upon us for the 2019 cotton season, and decisions are being made about the proper time to plant. The temperature experienced by the seed during the first critical hours and days after planting will to a large extent determine emergence and eventual stand establishment. Optimum soil temperatures for seed germination are between 60 and 65 ... Read More »

2019 Planning Season Takes Shape

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Planting decisions for the 2019 season are taking shape. Cash margins for all commodities are tight and provide little room for mistakes. We must be smart to get the most out of our inputs. We need to watch our costs yet provide the necessary inputs to protect yield potential. Variety selection for yield and quality is an important first step ... Read More »

As Arkansas Cotton Acres Rebound, So Do Gin Numbers

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The number of active cotton gins in Arkansas rose to 33 in 2017, paralleling an increase in cotton acres, according to statistics from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. “With a recovery in cotton acres the last couple of years, Arkansas is also seeing some gins come back to life,” says Scott Stiles, Extension economist for the University of Arkansas System ... Read More »

Big Boots To Fill

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Oklahoma Brothers Carry On Cotton Legacy. By Carroll Smith, Editor — In 1906, the year before Oklahoma was granted statehood, the Williams’ family traveled in a covered wagon from Texas and homesteaded east of Altus. W.W. “Luck” Williams was a small-time farmer, and his son, Murray — who loved cotton more than anything in the world — started farming full-time ... Read More »

Is More Better?

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Two Texas A&M Studies Examine Optimum Seeding Rates To Maximize Boll Development And Yield — By Kay Ledbetter — New and returning cotton producers may want to carefully consider row spacing and seeding rates when they get ready to plant during the next few months, according to two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomists. Read More »