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Arkansas farmers besieged by floodwaters, rain-filled forecasts and sprouting weeds are seeing another threat crawling toward their valuable crops in the form of numerous, hungry pests.

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“Cotton & Conservation” is the title of a new series of videos being developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.

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The June 11 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed the effects of trade and weather on crops and livestock in the United States.

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The success of the High Plains cotton industry, like any group effort, is directly tied to the willingness of qualified individuals to volunteer to serve in various leadership positions. To identify these volunteers, the High Plains cotton industry caucuses each year with other cotton groups…

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Favorable weather would be welcome news for farmers wanting to plant their corn and soybean crops.

Persistent moisture, which has included a deluge of rain in some areas as well as colder than normal temperatures, reduced preparation time.Nationwide, the USDA estimated earlier this year about 92.8 million acres of corn were projected to be planted this spring and about 84.6 million acres of soybeans.

Yield loss can happen when smaller plants compete for nutrients and sunlight with larger, earlier-emerging plants. Smaller plants will likely produce barren or small ears.

Seeds that emerge 10 days behind their row mates lessen in-row yield potential. Studies vary, but agronomists in Wisconsin and Illinois estimated losses at 8 to 10 percent in older research, says MU Extension corn specialist Greg Luce.

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A wetter and cooler May has many Oklahoma cotton growers reaching for their soil thermometers before hitting the fields. With seed availability already at critical lows, it’s vital that growers plant the seed they have been able to source in as optimum environment as possible because replant…

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Ed Bynum, Texas AgriLife Extension entomologist, cautions cotton growers in regions with large corn acreage to be on the lookout for bollworms building resistance to the Bt traits found in genetically engineered corn and cottons.

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Phillip Burnett, a former chief staff executive for the National Cotton Council, received the 2018 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award. He was honored during the National Cotton Council’s recent annual meeting held in San Antonio, Texas.

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The late Robert H. Chapman, III, who had a passion for textile manufacturing and who served as chairman, chief executive officer, and treasurer of Inman Mills in Spartanburg, South Carolina, received the 17th Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award. He was honored at the National Cotton Co…

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The Canadian County OSU Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting the annual spring crops conference, Feb. 26.  Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be held at the Canadian County Fair Grounds Education Building, 220 N. Country Club Rd, El Reno, Oklahoma.

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Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14 to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program, launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1. Since its launc…

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As temperatures rise and thoughts turn to spring planting, many producers will need to update their training if they are planting dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

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The multicounty Llano Estacado Cotton Conference will be hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Jan. 29 at the Bailey County Electric Cooperative, 610 East American Blvd., Muleshoe.

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The multi-county Top of Texas Cotton Conference will be hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Jan. 28 at the M. K. Brown Auditorium, 1100 W. Coronado Drive, Pampa.

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Randall County will conduct the annual Pre-Plant Producer Update Meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 30 at the Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon.

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The annual Caprock Crop Production Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Floyd and Crosby counties, will be Jan. 25, 2019, at the Floyd County Friends Unity Center.

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If there anything summed up the 2018 production year for U.S. soybean growers, it’s a bar chart extension economist Scott Stiles created showing exports for the week of Nov. 30.

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The sixth annual Red River Crops Conference: Planning for Success, offering crop production information designed for southwest Oklahoma and the Texas Rolling Plains, is set for Jan. 23 to 24, 2019, in the Childress Event Center, 1100 NW 7th St. in Childress.

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Given current soybean prices, many producers will consider planting additional acres of corn, wheat and cotton in 2019. While final spring 2019 planting decisions are months away, fertilizer, and especially nitrogen, are a significant share of the crop budgets for these crops. This column re…

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U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency State Executive Director SED Scott Biggs reminds Oklahoma producers that Dec. 7 is the final day for seed cotton producers who want to participate in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2018 crop to submit …

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Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Nov. 19 announced the appointment of eight members, eight alternate members and two advisors to serve on the Cotton Board. 

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At the Cotton Sourcing USA Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz., Cotton Council International President Ted Schneider updated the more than 400 attendees on how the U.S. cotton industry intends to meet its 2025 sustainability goals. Central to his remarks was the introduction of the U.S. Cotton Trust…

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On Oct. 31, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is extending the registration of dicamba for two years for “over-the-top” use (application to growing plants) to control weeds in fields for cotton and soybean plants genetically engineered to resist dicamba. This action was …

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced recently that U.S. cotton is free—after more than 100 years—of the devastating pink bollworm. This pest has cost U.S. producers tens of millions of dollars in yearly control costs and yield losses. Thanks to rigorous control and regulatory…

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Heavy rains covering much of Arkansas have further slowed harvest for both cotton and soybeans, and are already causing significant discounts in payout to growers, experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said recently.

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When it comes to farming cotton, Kenneth McAlister has his bases covered— and most of his fields. The third-generation farmer switched to a no-till system 10 years ago. Over the last four years, he has been planting cover crops in the majority of the 10,000 acres he collectively farms with h…

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The 2019 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, set for Jan. 8 to 10 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana, will provide insight on current research and emerging technology—to help attendees improve production, processing and marketing efficiency.

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Swisher County Ag Committee will be hosting the Swisher County Cotton Tour on Oct. 8.