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Water, Irrigation – What’s Ahead?

Water, or the lack of it, obviously can have a serious impact on a cotton farmer’s bottom line. “If you don’t have water, you definitely will not maximize the yield potential of your chosen varieties,” says Dr. Ed Barnes, Senior Director for Agricultural and Environmental Research at Cotton Incorporated. Water stress is one culprit that can lead to micronaire problems ... Read More »

Integrated Irrigation Scheduling Proves Effective In Georgia

By Amanda Huber Southeast Editor A project taking place in Georgia’s Flint River Basin combines proven technology and high-tech solutions to integrate and automate irrigation scheduling, eventually putting it all in the palm of the producer’s hand. The goal of the Flint Irrigation Scheduling Tool (FIST), which has many partners including the University of Georgia, the Flint River Soil and ... Read More »

Striving To Improve

By Mark Lange NCC President/CEO For a quarter of a century, the National Cotton Council’s Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program has provided its U.S. cotton producer participants a unique way to benefit from new technology and innovative farming methods. How is the P.I.E. program carried out? The NCC’s Member Services staff, in conjunction with cotton producer interest organizations, conducts the ... Read More »

On-The-Farm – Mobile Device Use

Each year, mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are becoming more commonplace in agricultural settings. And new, convenient farm apps that can be downloaded onto these devices are being utilized, too. According to the results of the January Web Poll, 68 percent of the respondents indicated that smartphones, apps and tablets play a significant role to somewhat of a ... 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 »

SPECIAL REPORT: Need An App For Insecticide Spray?

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have released two mobile phone applications, or “apps,” to make things easier for anyone who needs to adjust insecticide spray equipment. The apps were developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists Bradley Fritz and Wesley “Clint” Hoffmann at the agency’s Areawide Pest Management Research Unit in College Station, Texas. The apps are ... Read More »

BWCC In San Antonio Offers Research, Technology Updates

The 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio will once again feature updates on research and technology at the annual Ginning Conference. Some technologies are becoming more and more economical and can easily be integrated into the gin operation. One of the most advanced technologies is the automated bale bagging system. There are several automatic bagging systems available or soon ... Read More »