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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 »

Dan Jackson

Dan Jackson

GINNER OF THE YEAR • By Carroll Smith, Editor • ‘‘I am a second-generation ginner who grew up in a gin office and literally took my first steps there,” says Dan Jackson, manager for Meadow Farmers Co-op Gin in Meadow, Texas. “My dad, Max Jackson, ran a small gin east of Lubbock — McClung Co-op — and my mom, Mary ... Read More »

Pima Cotton Presents A New Option For Texas

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• By Dennis O’Brien • Cotton growers in Texas face unpredictable rainfall, limited water for irrigation and fluctuating prices for the Upland cotton they produce. With such problems becoming more pronounced each year, they might want to consider new options such as Pima cotton production, according to scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Upland cotton is ... Read More »

Ben McKnight joins Texas A&M AgriLife as statewide cotton specialist

• By Kay Ledbetter • Dr. Ben McKnight returned to familiar territory as he assumed the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide cotton specialist position, April 1. He is based at the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at College Station. Dr. Larry Redmon, associate department head and AgriLife Extension program leader for the department, said the ... Read More »

Winter rains helped replenished soil profile in much of Texas

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Good rains last fall filled soil moisture profiles for much of the state and set up a good yield potential for Texas farmers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Calvin Trostle, AgriLife Extension agronomist, Lubbock, said lines between areas with plenty of good soil moisture and those dealing with drought were distinct. Big rains in the ... Read More »

A Forward-Thinking Legacy

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Texas Cotton Farmer Shares His Thoughts About The ‘Everchanging’ Nature Of Technology • By Cassidy Nemec • Todd Westerfeld is not new to the farming industry. He comes from a family farming tradition, including his father and grandfather before him, and uses knowledge gained over generations for his current production model. Westerfeld, after working with his dad on their operation ... Read More »