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Weed Control

Prepare For The Robot Invasion

dino autonomous cultivator

Within a few years, California farmers will have to pay $15 an hour minimum wage and time-and-a-half overtime for anything over eight hours under new regulations. That is, if they can even find reliable workers. A number of producers have already turned to robotics to replace hand-hoeing crews in specialty crops, which have a higher per-acre value and a lack ... Read More »

EPA Relaxes Restrictions On Dicamba Use In Texas Cotton

spraying herbicides in texas

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 »

Mid-Season Management

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Rainfall has been frequent across most of the Bootheel, and as I write this, there are plenty of chances for rain in the future. Don’t be tempted to irrigate squaring cotton unless there is a substantial dry spell soon. However, starting the flowering period with adequate soil moisture is essential and should remain at adequate levels to ensure proper fruit ... Read More »

UT Plans Weed Tour, June 19, In Jackson, Tennessee

UT weed tour

The University of Tennessee has scheduled a weed tour, June 19, from 9-11:30 a.m., at the West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Jackson. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. A light breakfast will be served. Larry Steckel, UT Extension weed specialist, will lead the tour, along with Clay Perkins, doctoral candidate with the UT Department of Plant Sciences and Travis ... Read More »

Clemson Scientists Designing Robots To Fill Ag Labor Gaps

joe mara, clemson

The agricultural workforce is shrinking and some Clemson University researchers believe robots may help provide a means to protect America’s food and fiber industries. A group of them studying the use of robots in agriculture recently met with researchers from other universities and representatives from Clearpath Robotics to learn about programs and hardware that are available to equip robots to ... Read More »

Dry Spring Causes Cotton Management Challenges

alabama cotton planting

Rain in the forecast is a welcome change from the lingering dry conditions Alabama producers have battled this spring. Producers generally plant cotton between April 20 and the first week of June. Although early spring weather was conducive for planting, the end of May was hot and dry, creating significant challenges for stand establishment. Alabama Extension cotton specialist Dr. Steve ... Read More »