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Clemson irrigation expert says crops face critical water needs

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Growing season is in full swing and farmers must pay close attention to the water needs of several crops at this stage, says a Clemson University specialist. Michael Plumblee, Clemson Extension precision agriculture specialist who also is an Agronomic Crops Team and Water Resources Team member housed at the Edisto Research and Education Center, said that until recently, several places ... Read More »

New app development could aid crop irrigation management

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• By Kay Ledbetter • Texas A&M AgriLife is developing an inexpensive and easy-to-use mobile app and irrigation management system to help agricultural producers increase water-use efficiency and continue producing cotton. The new project is funded by the Texas A&M Water Seed Grant Initiative and is titled “A Novel Sensor- and Crop-Model-Based Decision Support Tool for Efficient Irrigation Management.” The ... Read More »

UGA cotton agronomist wants to reduce weather risk through research

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• By Clint Thompson • Georgia’s cotton crop was decimated by Hurricane Michael in 2018. Now, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist Jared Whitaker is hoping his research will help alleviate some of the risks associated with harvesting cotton when tropical systems arrive in the fall. “With cotton production, we can’t do anything to prevent damage to the crop ... Read More »

Dry Texas winter weather could extend into spring, summer

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Drier than normal conditions this winter could be a harbinger for a hotter-than-normal summer if future weather patterns fail to deliver moisture. As Texas A&M AgriLife Extension district reporters compiled district summaries, many showed dry winter conditions. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension isn’t the only one who’s taken notice. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas state climatologist, said conditions have been fairly dry ... Read More »

Ideal Weather Needed For Mississippi Cotton Crop To Rebound

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All of Mississippi’s 2019 cotton crop has emerged, but it’s off to a slow start. Of approximately 700,000 acres of cotton planted statewide this year, 57% is rated fair or worse by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as of July 8. The crop’s delayed progress is a familiar refrain among Mississippi farmers this year: Wet weather significantly delayed planting. In ... Read More »

Weather, Prices, Other Factors Cloud California Cotton Outlook

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• By Cecilia Parsons • California’s 2019 cotton crop will struggle this year as a result of late spring rains, shaky pricing and the loss of a key crop-protection material, according to farmers and marketers. Roger Isom, president of the California Cotton Growers and Ginners Association, said a farmer survey in mid-May indicated cotton was planted on 261,000 acres in ... Read More »

When Mother Nature Doubles Down

carroll smith

As part of their daily routine, farmers stand in the fields looking up at the sky to try to determine what cards the weather is holding. They can’t control what is going to happen, but they can make decisions to prepare for the short-term effects or adjust their practices for what might happen in future growing seasons. On this month’s ... Read More »