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EPA Relaxes Restrictions On Dicamba Use In Texas Cotton

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The Environmental Protection Agency has eased restrictions on dicamba herbicide use by Texas cotton farmers, according to an announcement by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. This is a direct result of a cooperative push by the Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension services, and Texas cotton farmers. The current EPA label for dicamba is deemed too ... Read More »

McLain Farms

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Texas Panhandle Operation Rotates Cotton And Cattle. • By Carroll Smith, Editor • Shane McLain and his wife, SammiJo, operate a stripper cotton and cow-calf business in Castro County, Texas, between Hart and Nazareth. This area of West Texas is part of the Panhandle — the northernmost 26 counties in the state where cotton acreage is fast replacing grain as ... Read More »

Singulation, Spacing are ‘Close To Perfect’

Make every seed count

• SPONSORED CONTENT • “I’ve used Precision Planting technology since 2005 and initially installed it for planting corn. I was intrigued by the electric vDrive. This year, my corn spacing was spot on, and my average speed was 6.7 mph. It was almost like having two planters out in the field.” “The 20|20 monitor allows me to see what the ... Read More »

Texas High Plains Crops Suffer After Too Much Moisture At Planting

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While rainfall is important for crop production, the amounts falling across the High Plains have negatively impacted row crops and agricultural operations, with potential effects extending into the summer growing season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Jourdan Bell, AgriLife Extension agronomist in Amarillo, says a significant amount of this year’s cotton has been affected by ... Read More »

Technology, Know-How Change Everything

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Technology is a tool that when paired with know-how can change our lives for the better. Over the past century, technology has revolutionized cotton farming. The list is extensive, but this issue of Cotton Farming talks about a few examples. Joe West, assistant dean, University of Georgia Tifton Campus, has been at this facility his entire career. A centennial celebration ... Read More »

Technology Ups The Game In West Texas

david warren, precision planting

• SPONSORED CONTENT • “I farm mostly dryland cotton in sandy country. We run three, 16-row planters and have to get consistent seed placement and be super efficient crossing big acres. To accomplish this, I went all in with the Precision Planting system in 2017. The old planters have chains, sprockets and bearings that require a lot of maintenance. “Precision ... Read More »

Texas Ag Department Issues Section 24(c)s For 2 Dicamba Products

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The Texas Department of Agriculture has issued Section 24(c) Special Local Need labels for two dicamba herbicides to allow application up to 90 days after cotton planting. The products are Engenia Herbicide from BASF and XtendiMax herbicide with VaporGrip Technology from Bayer. The Section 24(c) is a change from the federal label, which prohibits application more than 60 days after ... Read More »