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Weed Control

Plan to attend Alabama Row Crops Short Course, Dec. 10

alabama cotton

Alabama producers can prepare for the upcoming growing seasons at the 2019 Row Crops Short Course in Auburn, Alabama. The course will be held at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Alabama Cooperative Extension System and Auburn University’s department of crop, soil and environmental sciences are partnering to bring ... Read More »

Improve soil health, weed management

dr. gaylon morgan

In June of this year, Dr. Gaylon Morgan joined the Agricultural & Environment Research Division at Cotton Incorporated. His area of expertise includes weed management, soil health, nutrient research and producer outreach. The addition of Morgan’s knowledge and experience is a win for U.S. cotton producers as weed pressure is an ever-present concern and future herbicide options are uncertain. Before ... Read More »

Forty years of observing cotton plants

larry walker

Four decades ago, Dr. Raymond Sheperd and I were standing in Field 10 in one of his cotton nurseries at the Auburn Plant Breeding Unit. I was a young experiment station superintendent, and I fussed about how short the cotton was. Sheperd was the U.S. Department of Agriculture cotton breeder at Auburn and was developing root-knot resistant cotton lines. He ... Read More »

Giant hybrid tumbleweeds eat California town

new hybrid tumbleweed

• By Ben Faber • A new species of gigantic tumbleweed once predicted to go extinct is not only here to stay — it’s likely to expand its territory. The species, Salsola ryanii, is significantly larger than either of its parent plants, which can grow up to 6 feet tall. A new study from the University of California, Riverside, supports ... Read More »

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 »