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Texas Cotton Remains In The Spotlight

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Sometimes it’s fun to look back 10 years to see where we stand in relation to that time. In March 2009, former Cotton Farming editor Tommy Horton’s cover story was titled “Don’t Mess With Texas: Lone Start State Proudly Delivers Majority Of Crop.” He says, “The indicators are that more than half of the cotton planted in the United States ... Read More »

Don’t Mess With Texas

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Cotton Acreage Continues To Climb In Northern Texas Panhandle • By Kay Ledbetter • Cotton acreage has almost tripled in the past five years in the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service District 1, which covers the 22 northernmost counties in the Panhandle. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, says the cropping picture has definitely changed as producers deal with ... Read More »

Farmers, Researchers Interact In The Lone Star State

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Cotton Incorporated’s Agricultural and Environmental Research Department invests in regional research programs across the Cotton Belt. The AERD team regularly visits growers in the field and attends regional meetings to identify specific research needs within a production area. Cotton Incorporated often partners with public sector programs, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, state Extension programs and university ... Read More »

Innovative Tool Lets Landowners Report Wild Pig Activity, Damage

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• By Paul Schattenberg • The Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute encourages landowners to report wild pig sightings and damage using a new first-of-its-kind online tool. “Landowners throughout Texas are constantly seeing wild pigs and their damage,” says Dr. Jim Cathey, associate director of the NRI. “Unfortunately, until now, we didn’t have a good method of collecting the information on where ... Read More »

2017 Was An Eye-Opener

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Bad Verticillium Wilt Years Highlight Need To Choose Tolerant Varieties. • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • Alan Monroe, who farms cotton north of Plainview, Texas, never thought much about Verticillium wilt and the need for selecting varieties with tolerance to the soilborne pathogen until 2017 Last summer’s cool, wet weather later in the growing season caused Verticillium wilt to explode, ... Read More »

Edible Cottonseed Research

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• By Kay Ledbetter • Cottonseed ground into flour to deliver protein to millions of people, a project to which Dr. Keerti Rathore has devoted more than half his professional career, is one step closer to reality. Rathore, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist in College Station, received word that Texas A&M’s “Petition for Determination of Non-regulated Status for Ultra-Low ... Read More »

Evaluate Fields At Harvest To Help With Next Season’s Variety Selection

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At harvest, cotton growers learn how much yield-robbing diseases and pests affected fiber production. This knowledge helps determine the best varieties to plant next season. Diseases such as bacterial blight and Verticillium wilt are not controlled by in-season crop protection products. That means cottonseed varieties with built-in protection offer the best line of defense for top yield and quality potential. ... Read More »