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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 »

South Plains, Panhandle RACE Trials Faced Tough Conditions

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• By Kay Ledbetter • As cotton producers across the Texas High Plains begin preparing for a new season, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists are providing up-to-date information on the performance results of commercially available varieties across the state during 2020 trials. The annual Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluation, or RACE, trials conducted by AgriLife Extension specialists and agents are ... Read More »

A Smooth Operation

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Cotton Is Mainstay For Texas Coastal Bend Farmers Alan And Lisa Stasney • By Carroll Smith, Editor • When two like-minded people get together, the synergy of their efforts can be a recipe for success. Alan and Lisa Stasney, who farm cotton, milo, corn and rice in the Texas Coastal Bend, are a shining example of how this works. They ... Read More »

Texas A&M cotton trials provide producers valuable information

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• By Kay Ledbetter • As cotton producers across the Texas High Plains begin preparing for a new season, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists are providing up-to-date information on the performance results of commercially available varieties across the state during 2020 trials. The annual Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluation, RACE, trials conducted by AgriLife Extension specialists and agents are sponsored ... 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 »

2021 Variety Selection Tips

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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 »

Dryland Cotton Suffers While Irrigated Cotton Looks Good

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension agronomists talk about this year’s RACE trials. • By Kay Ledbetter •  Much like producers’ fields across the High Plains, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cotton trials are seeing a significant difference in performance this year between dryland and irrigated trials. “While cotton can tolerate hot and dry conditions better than many crops, this year’s drought ... Read More »