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Burndown Targets Resistant Weeds

By Carroll Smith Senior Writer Small PigweedA lot of time and effort has gone into developing in-season strategies to manage problem weeds such as glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth (pigweed) and Italian ryegrass. Now, research has shown that applying herbicides in the fall, particularly after corn harvest, can help knock down resistant weeds that emerge prior to the first frost and reduce ... Read More »

Best Harvest Strategy?

As harvest begins across the Belt, each region faces its own specific challenge as farmers begin the meticulous task of delivering this year’s crop to the gin. Cotton Farming Editor Tommy Horton interviewed four different ag experts in the major production regions to see how harvest has progressed to this point and the strategy that will be used for the ... Read More »

Crop Maturity And Timely Harvest

If there was one factor that I could change in our approach to cotton harvest in the Southeast, it would be to get it done…IN A HURRY. Timeliness preserves yield and quality. But 2013 presents the challenge of picking much of the crop in a timely fashion and, yet, on some late, late cotton, waiting until the last possible moment to pull the trigger. Read More »

Apparel Industry Knows Importance Of Cotton Quality

By Gus Floris Editor Apparel Insiders Monitoring Cotton Trends As editor of a major apparel news service, I have opportunities to speak with dozens of clothing companies and retailers about their products, the demands of their customers and how they plan on meeting the needs of an increasingly demanding consumer. In fact, as I write this, I have just returned ... Read More »

PGRs Crucial In A Late Crop

By Andrea Jones Associate Extension Cotton Specialist University of Missouri This year cotton planting in Missouri got started around May 10; therefore, we have a late crop. Hopefully, by now we’re managing our crop for earliness and have planned for a timely harvest for our late planted crop. Plant growth regulators (PGR) are a good management tool for earliness. Field ... Read More »

Persistence Keeps Cotton Competitive

Billy Bryant Bryant Consulting Services, Inc. Leflore County, Mississippi When I was 14 years old, I started scouting cotton for Bill Harris, a local consultant here in the county and a charter member of the Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association. I worked for Bill for eight crops, and he was really instrumental in steering me toward a consulting career. After college, ... Read More »

Pursuing Zero Tolerance

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO The National Cotton Council continues to press for lint contamination prevention, with the understanding that it is imperative for our industry to maintain its global reputation as a quality fiber supplier. What are primary contamination sources? Old and new contamination sources challenge zero tolerance efforts. We’ve learned the hard way how wind can carry litter, ... Read More »