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Study Variety Performance, Management Requirements And Soil Data When Making 2020 Cropping Choices • By Bob Hutmacher, University of California • High production costs and lower-than-desired commodity prices mean that good choices are even more important in planning for your 2020 crop. In California, over 80% of our statewide acreage typically is Pima cotton. The balance of Upland cotton is ... Read More »

Texas A&M study examines producers’ soil health decisions

center-pivot, Texas

Farmers are aware of the benefits of soil health. However, the difficulty in quantifying soil health, diminishing availability of land that results in higher land prices, the time necessary to improve soil health, and the need to turn a profit often discourage farmers from adopting soil health promoting practices. Dr. Erin Kiella, an assistant research economist with the Real Estate ... Read More »

Farmers learn about soil health at Clemson conference

clemson cover crops meeting

Healthy crops begin with healthy soil and researchers with the Clemson University’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program are teaching farmers how they can benefit from keeping their soils fit. The researchers teamed up with other agricultural professionals and farmers who have implemented soil health principles by using cover crops, no-till and livestock integration to hold a conference to teach ... Read More »

Give Your Soils A Health Check-Up

jeff mitchell

California Project Looks At Cover Crops As A Prescription For Ailing Soils. • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • In the past few years, the term “healthy soils” has become a widely used buzzword surrounded by a lot of hype. But the question remains, what are healthy soils? Much like the term “sustainability,” healthy soils mean different things to different ... Read More »

Clemson Field Day Teaches About Soil Health And More

Healthy soils are important for healthy crops and Clemson University researcher Rongzhong Ye says planting cover crops, especially cereal rye, can help rejuvenate South Carolina soils. Cover crops during the off-season can help build organic carbon in the soil, Ye told almost 200 people who attended the 2019 Pee Dee Research and Education Center Field Day. Eight treatments of three ... Read More »

Hooked On Cotton

keith edmisten

I grew up in Harmony, North Carolina, a small town in the Piedmont. Our farm primarily had beef cattle, beans, corn and small grain all grown on the typical red clay soils of the Piedmont. My father and grandfather farmed together. We had a 5-acre cotton allotment, but we quit growing cotton when I was young. Small cotton and tobacco ... Read More »

Wrangler Highlights Farmers, Sustainability

mclendon family, georgia

Preserving The Land And Farming Lifestyle Are The Goals Of These Family Farming Operations That Represent Five States In The Cotton Belt. • By Amanda Huber, Southeast Editor • Wrangler, the iconic global jeanswear and casual apparel company, has partnered with cotton producers to create a locally sourced denim collection honoring land stewardship and sustainability on the farm. Using the ... Read More »