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COVID-19 and recession cut cotton demand

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Cotton producers face an uncertain market future as demand for cotton and cotton products, like apparel, tumbled due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and economic recession, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension cotton marketing specialist, College Station, said cotton and the industries that touch it are sliding alongside the economy. Retail apparel sales numbers ... Read More »

Texas A&M to host plastic contamination webinar, May 6

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Nueces and San Patricio counties will be hosting a free webinar from 8:30 a.m. to noon, May 6, to discuss practices both growers and ginners can implement to help the industry address plastic contamination in cotton. “Plastic contamination is one of the greatest problems for cotton producers,” said Jason Ott, AgriLife Extension agent, ... Read More »

Thomasson returns to MSU as ag & biological engineering head

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A precision agriculture and cotton ginning expert is the new head of Mississippi State’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering. J. Alex Thomasson will take the reins of the MSU department effective July 1, pending approval of the State Board of Trustees, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. A 15-year veteran and current endowed chairholder in cotton engineering, ginning and mechanization ... Read More »

Dry weather greets South Texas growers as they begin to plant

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Preparations and planting in South Texas are kicking off the 2020 growing season, but the region, like much of the state, is behind on rainfall, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists. Drier-than-normal conditions may not worry producers who use irrigation, but dryland growers could be looking at a disastrous season if significant and timely rainfall doesn’t materialize. Dr. ... Read More »

Disaster relief authorized for producers affected by extreme drought

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Recent passage of a Congressional act may bring relief to farmers who experienced crop losses due to drought in 2018 and 2019. In December 2019, Congress passed the FY2020 Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, making crop production losses due to “quality losses of crops, drought and excessive soil moisture” in crop years 2018 and 2019 eligible for Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity ... Read More »

Texas A&M AgriLife experts call for vigilance against kochia

Kochia, a kind of tumbleweed, has long been associated with the Texas High Plains, but its abundance is starting to alarm Texas A&M AgriLife officials as regional producers are experiencing challenges controlling the weed as herbicide resistance is mounting. Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research weed scientist in the Texas A&M Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, College Station, ... Read More »