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The challenging environment of the past growing season in the Southern Plains region is fresh on producers’ minds, but optimism for the 2021 crop remains high. Familiar questions about variety selection, field conditions and market prices weigh on farmers in this region, and Cotton Incorporated is always looking for new ways to provide answers. In the cotton industry, both cotton ... Read More »

Despite recent snow storms, drought concerns linger in West Texas

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In mid-January, flurries fell across different parts of West Texas. But, the snow didn’t do much to help drought conditions on the South Plains, reports a Texas Tech University researcher. Once the recent snow completely melts, the amount of precipitation will equal less than an inch, said Glen Ritchie, chair of Texas Tech’s Department of Plant and Soil Science. It ... Read More »

2020 ends with optimism, but new COVID-19 variant casts shadow

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• By Seshadri Ramkumar • As COVID-19 has affected the normal life and the economy, how have the cotton and textile sectors fared? The year was supposed to end with a positive news that two vaccines have been approved for mass inoculation. But the new variant of SARS-CoV-2, which has shown up recently in the United Kingdom, is causing genuine ... Read More »

Researchers evaluate improvements in Texas cotton nutrition

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The last 30 years have seen tremendous technological and biological advancements in the cotton industry, resulting in growing yields each year – depending on the weather – that has helped boost the industry worldwide. The development of herbicide-tolerant and insect-resistant cotton cultivars through breeding has brought about not only increased yield but better management practices by farmers that has shifted ... Read More »

Texas Tech students discuss cotton nonmedical masks vs. COVID-19


• By Seshadri Ramkumar • Face masks are indeed becoming a part of gift baskets this holiday season. With wintry weather on the horizon, COVID-19 cases are expected to rise, as is evident in the recent surge in Europe and United States. Given these circumstances, knowledge dissemination on biomedical and nonmedical countermeasures are the need of the hour. I have ... Read More »

Texas Tech research seeks new uses for low-grade cotton

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The use of masks, whether they are cloth, N-95 or some other iteration, is being touted by health care professionals and governmental leaders as the main mitigating act the public can undertake in the battle against the novel coronavirus. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in the United States, people in communities across the country have stepped up, making masks for ... Read More »

Sensor-equipped drones help detect crop stress, aid decision making


When a human or an animal gets sick or is stressed, their temperatures can go up. The same is true for plants. A researcher with Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is using drones to detect crop growth conditions in agricultural fields, with temperature variation being one of the ways scientists can see if there is a ... Read More »