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Managing A Late Crop

In many areas of the Belt, the cotton crop is somewhat behind schedule this year, requiring producers to make adjustments to their “normal” production practices. Thirty percent of the Web Poll respondents say they have had to deal with adjusting PGR rates, spraying more for insect pests, adjusting herbicide programs and keeping an eye on their irrigation scheduling. Following is ... Read More »

2013 Cotton Crop – A Mixed Bag

In following the old adage, “The glass is half full,” 50 percent of the Web Poll respondents rated their 2013 cotton crop in the excellent-to-good range. However, most of the comments that were entered touch on the challenges that U.S. cotton farmers are facing this year. Following is a sampling of how the Web Poll respondents described their 2013 crop ... Read More »

Why Do Farmers Stay With Cotton?

Luckey Family In West Tennessee Stays Committed To A Rotation Program That Always Works By Tommy Horton Editor The question is heard across the Cotton Belt today with increasing frequency. What motivates a farmer to keep growing cotton in the face of strong corn and soybean prices? If you talk to enough farmers, you can find a lot of interesting ... Read More »

Weather And Water Take Top Spots

As the 2013 cotton production season drew near, the main topics of conversation across the Belt centered on challenging weather conditions, and, in certain areas, water availability. Missouri cotton specialist Mike Milam reports on page 10, “Cool, wet soils and danger of frost during our normal earlier planting dates have really slowed things down.” Last month, he also notes, “The ... Read More »

Weather Delays Pose Challenges

MISSOURI Mike Milam milammr@missouri.edu PLANTING HAS BEEN DIFFICULT It does not take too much of a reminder to realize that we are not in control. According to the Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week ending May 12, cotton planted was 12 percent. Last year, we were at 68 percent and a week ahead of normal. Cool, wet soils ... Read More »

Ark. Consultants Cope With Drought

Nobody ever said it was easy being a crop consultant in eastern Arkansas – mainly because the weather has been downright volatile during the last two years. In 2011, cotton producers in the region were dealing with the Mississippi River and its tributaries flooding to record levels. Read More »

Early Rainfall Affected Agricenter Crop

BY BRUCE KIRKSEY AGRICENTER INTERNATIONAL MEMPHIS, TENN. I have been involved in agricultural research for more than 25 years. Over these years, we in agriculture have experienced some outstanding new technologies, record yields, adverse weather conditions and many, many challenges. I have written several articles lately, and a common theme appears to be that of challenge. 2012 was no different ... Read More »