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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 »

Don’t Bet Against Cotton

BY MIKE LAMENSDORF ROLLING FORK, MISS The 2012 crop was probably one of the easiest and least stressful crops I have made in my 30-plus years of farming. The growing season was great, and the weather at harvest for all crops was ideal. With new pickers, we eliminated three boll buggies, four module builders and all the seasonal labor we ... Read More »

Technology Promotes Efficiency

CARROLL SMITH SENIOR WRITER Agriculture technology is coming faster and faster. And, according to Jeremy Jack, who farms 7,500 acres of cotton, corn, soybeans, rice and wheat with his family in Humphreys County, Miss., this is a good thing. “Technology helps us make better decisions on the farm and makes us more efficient,” he says. On his cotton acreage, Jack ... Read More »

Spinners Need Fiber Analysis To Ensure Quality

By Andrew Macdonald Cotton/Textile Consultant ITMF Board Member Meeting Customer Demands What do customers want? The fast evolution of the textile industry is moving toward a more demanding customer. It places product performance initially on the basic raw material, but performance also is being expressed in the form of fashion that is comfortable, protective and lasting. That is why cotton ... Read More »

A Volatile Market

Economists Anderson, Shurley Offer Some Perspective   EDITOR’S NOTE – Texas A&M agricultural economist Carl Anderson and Georgia Extension economist Don Shurley have observed the cotton market for many years and have seen plenty of volatility during that time. In this interview with Cotton Farming Editor Tommy Horton, they take a closer look at recent trends and discuss what might ... Read More »

Did producers make progress in their control of resistant pigweed in 2012?

Kelly Barnett Research Assistant Univ. of Tennessee We have actually made tremendous progress in the last couple of years when glyphosate-resistant pigweed was first identified in Tennessee. Producers have had to get a handle on this and use a whole-system approach. They now know that they have to start out clean and use good pre-emergent herbicide programs and follow that ... Read More »