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Integrated Irrigation Scheduling Proves Effective In Georgia

By Amanda Huber Southeast Editor A project taking place in Georgia’s Flint River Basin combines proven technology and high-tech solutions to integrate and automate irrigation scheduling, eventually putting it all in the palm of the producer’s hand. The goal of the Flint Irrigation Scheduling Tool (FIST), which has many partners including the University of Georgia, the Flint River Soil and ... Read More »

AFBF Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has ruled that the American Farm Bureau Federation has a right to join in a lawsuit over the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate poultry and livestock farms under the Clean Water Act. In July, AFBF asked for permission to join on the side of West ... Read More »

Texas Strategy: Survive The Drought

By Tommy Horton Editor A year ago we were talking about how Texas cotton producers were trying to survive a drought that had to be seen to be appreciated. It’s hard to know how difficult this weather event was unless you lived in the state and saw it firsthand. How bad was it? How about a reduced cotton crop that ... Read More »

Western Ginners Try To Protect Fiber Quality

By Brent Murphree Maricopa, Ariz. Cotton ginners have a slightly different take on cotton harvest than the producers who bring their crops to the gin. While producers focus on yields, micronaire and how quickly they can get their crops ginned, ginners are looking more intensely at things like module moisture, leaf content and plastic contamination – all of which can ... Read More »

Managing For Earliness: Strategy Works In Mississippi

By Tommy Horton Editor The idea of planting a cotton crop early sounds so logical and simple to implement. Why wouldn’t any producer be willing to plant the seed earlier, avoid additional insect and weed pests, lower input costs – and wind up with increased yields and profits? As any experienced farmer can attest, different environments across the Cotton Belt ... Read More »

Being Proactive Helps On Water Issues

By Tommy Horton Editor At least once a year, our magazine takes a detailed look at water issues in an effort to gain some perspective on a topic that affects every cotton producer. You won’t find a more complicated, politically volatile subject that is essential to the survival of production agriculture in this country. Maybe some people get tired of ... Read More »

Water Efficiency: Southwest Farmers Meet The Challenge

By Tommy Horton Editor When agricultural researchers in the Southwest look into the future, one issue stays near the top of the list as a major priority. No matter what happens in any other ag-related area, all roads lead back to this one fact. Water availability. Without this one resource, farming doesn’t exist. And nowhere has this become a bigger ... Read More »