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Water In The West And Our Future

Special Report By Julie Murphree Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director I recently connected with the Sheely family of California and Arizona to talk about water in the west and some of the unique issues we face out here where the sagebrush and saguaro stand tall. Ted Sheely is a lettuce, cotton, tomato, onions, wheat, wine grape, garlic and pistachio farmer ... Read More »

Defoliation Tips and More

cotton boll maturity

ARIZONA Harvest season is upon us. As pickers enter the field, questions related to heat stress effects begin to be answered. Several consecutive days of heat stress during late June and mid-July had a significant impact on boll retention and pollination. Higher incidence of “hooked-beak” bolls has been observed across the state. This phenomenon is a result of poor pollination ... Read More »

Hurricane Harvey Is No Match For Texas Grit

COMMENTARY By Russell Boening Texas Farm Bureau President A challenge brings out the best in us, but a horrific natural disaster shows everyone just how strong they truly are. And here in the Lone Star State, we made a new category — Texas Strong. The heart, resilience and spirit of Texas, and of our farmers and ranchers, is second to ... Read More »

Irma Impacts Georgia Cotton

Georgia’s cotton growers lost at least 10 percent of their crop to Tropical Storm Irma but yield losses are likely to reach 20 percent and higher as the season unfolds, UGA Cotton Agronomist Jared Whitaker said. “From preliminary observations, it is safe to say that every cotton field in Georgia has been negatively impacted by Irma to varying degrees,” Whitaker ... Read More »

Hurricane Harvey ‘Overstayed His Welcome’

Texas cotton losses estimated to be as much as 400,000 bales By Julie Murphree Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director Out west, just about everyone has some connection to Texas. I do. All my dad’s farm family migrated from Texas to Arizona in the early 1900s. And, though they fully embraced this desert state, I will always remember my grandpa’s stories about ... Read More »

Cloudy Irrigation Outlook

Water regulations, including sustainable groundwater act, make uncertainty the norm for California growers By Vicky Boyd Managing Editor During the six-year California drought that ended earlier this year, Travis Fugitt watched as the standing water level in his wells dropped to about 250 feet from 160 feet. A fourth-generation producer of cotton and diversified row and tree crops near Bakersfield, California, ... Read More »

A ‘Regulatory’ Drought

California water supply unpredictability complicates producers’ short- and long-term planning. By Vicky Boyd Managing Editor California received near-record rains and snow this past winter, filling reservoirs to the brim and prompting irrigation districts to allocate full water supplies. But cotton producers say the precipitation did little to eliminate the uncertainty caused by years of “regulatory drought” that reduces surface water supplies ... Read More »