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Most who meet Kay White of Lamesa, Texas, are taken in by her sparkling smile, cheery disposition and love for dogs—but do not let her unassuming attitude fool you. She is a cotton boss lady and oversees 2,800 acres in west Texas, but her rank is tempered by a sweet, southern accent and substantial cotton cultivating expertise. White grew up on her family farm in the Lamesa area and has lived there ever since. She is an only child, so the farm passed on to her. Read more

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Sustainability has been on the tip of every industry’s tongue in recent years, particularly with the environment and greenhouse gas emissions becoming a focal point. Over the last decade the United States cotton industry, in particular, has been working towards a more aggressive stance on sustainability. Read more

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Rainfall events over the last 30 days improved soil moisture levels for drought-stricken parts of the state but also left standing water and soggy, saturated soil conditions in others, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reports. Read more

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Boron is not part of a normal soil test; in fact, it’s not part of an expanded soil test. Logically then, most farmers have no idea how much boron is in their soil, or even that’s a nutrient of any concern. Read more

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Now in its 16th year, BASF, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, continues to celebrate cotton growers who achieve four bale or greater yields as part of the FiberMax One Ton Club. Seventy-eight members across Texas, New Mexico and California qualified for the club this year, bringing total membership to 1,215 members. Read more

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Palmer amaranth is a high-impact agronomic weed species that has cost the U.S. agriculture industry billions of dollars since its discovery outside of its native range in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Over the last 20 years, it has moved farther north and now poses a major threat to corn, soybean and cotton growers across the south and Midwest regions. Read more

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U.S. cotton growers can enroll their 2021 cotton crop in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, which aims to set a new standard in more sustainably grown cotton. Existing members will also need to re-enroll their operations in order to receive the year-over-year data from the Fieldprint calculator that helps track sustainability progress at the farm level. Read more

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Texas row crop producers might have the luxury of choosing between sorghum, corn and cotton as all three commodities are seeing high prices with the 2021 planting season underway, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Read more

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The National Cotton Council of American recently held a virtual National Cotton Council Convention where Sen. John Boozman, R-AR, spoke at a general session about what agriculture—specifically cotton growers—should expect from Washington in the coming months. Boozman will serve as the ranking member of the Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee in the 117th Congress. Read more

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Cotton producers looking for help filling out an application for the Quality Loss Adjustment program have a new educational tool to help them summarize data and gather the needed supporting materials for QLA in counties previously eligible for WHIP+. Developed by the Agriculture Food and Policy Center, the Quality Loss Adjustment Calculator for Cotton is now available for download from the AFPC website at https://afpc.tamu.edu. Read more

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By Feb. 1, cotton gins across the United States had processed nearly 14 million running bales of all cotton, compared to 18.93 million bales this time last year, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Read more

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BASF recently announced three new cottonseed varieties for the 2021 season consisting of one new FiberMax variety—FM 1730GLTP and two new dicamba-tolerant Stoneville varieties—ST 5091B3XF and ST 4993B3XF. Read more

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Experts knew 2020 was filled with many challenges for Texas and Oklahoma farmers, but the full picture is just now starting to become clear.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its Annual Crop Production report for the Southern Plains, Jan. 12. Data was collected during the December 2020 Agriculture Survey.

A bright spot for Texas farmers was the sorghum crop. Read more

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The High Plains Cotton Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be presented online Jan. 28, with programming running from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Read more

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The Deltapine New Product Evaluators program recently released the class of 2021 cotton seed varieties that will be available for purchasing. Experimental varieties are tested by commercial NPE growers and the highest performing varieties are chosen to be released to farmers for purchasing. Read more

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Mike and Elizabeth England proudly show off their bale of cotton, the first of the season, with the help of Butch Roecker, BASF seed advisor and Luke Etheredge, BASF regional agronomist. The Harlingen Cotton Committee recently auctioned off the first cotton bale of the year. The bale was purchased by BASF for $7,000, with additional fundraising add-ons of $3,000, for a total of $10,000. Cotton farmer Mike England grew and harvested the cotton in the Rio Grande Valley. For the seventh yea… Read more

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While the COVID-19 virus and subsequent medical research has dominated the news headlines for much of 2020, the minds at Cotton Incorporated have continued their studies of the diseases that affect cotton across the plains. Cotton Incorporated is a not-for-profit company providing the resources and research needed to help companies develop and market cotton products. Kater Hake, Cotton Incorporated vice-president of agricultural and environmental research, said one of the things he has l… Read more

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Soybean and cotton growers received a long-sought victory from the Environmental Protection Agency when in late October Administrator Andrew Wheeler approved new five-year registrations for two dicamba products and extended the registration for an additional dicamba product. Read more

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The  United States Department of Agriculture announced the appointment of 13 members, 13 alternate members, and one advisor to serve on The Cotton Board. These appointees will serve three-year terms, ending Dec. 31, 2023. Read more

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At the Cromley Farm, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced that EPA is approving new five-year registrations for two dicamba products and extending the registration of an additional dicamba product. All three registrations include new control measures to ensure these products can be used effectively while protecting the environment, including non-target plants, animals, and other crops not tolerant to dicamba. Read more

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Across the Southern Plains and beyond, cotton growers are preparing to harvest their fields on a year full of twists and turns no one could have predicted. Yields are expected to be low, and coupled with a number of other challenges, the cotton infrastructure of west Texas and Oklahoma could be in for a ripple effect, mimicking the trends of 2020. Read more

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The second annual celebration of World Cotton Day on Oct. 7 is set to once again pay tribute to what’s often called the “most important natural fiber in the world.” This year, the observance will come to life through virtual events covering an array of topics surrounding cotton, hosted by key global cotton stakeholders and available to consumers, brands, supply chain players and government organizations and leaders worldwide. Read more

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At its recentannual meeting, Lubbock-based Plains Cotton Cooperative Association announced fiscal year-end further cash distribution to its grower-owners totaling $24.73 million. The distribution, to be completed this month, consists of $9.59 million in cash dividends and $15.14 million in stock retirements. As of June 30, 2020, PCCA’s Warehouse Division had received 1,428,923 bales, the sixth largest crop in PCCA history. PCCA President and CEO Kevin Brinkley reported on PCCA’s results … Read more

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American cotton growers now can join the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, a new standard for verifying the sustainability progress of U.S. cotton. As consumers continue to demand eco-friendly products, enrolling in the Trust Protocol will help growers ensure markets for their cotton by verifiably demonstrating the sustainability record of American cotton in the global market. Read more

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The famous groundbreakers of history have had two things in common—belief in a set of ideas and a number of critics pushing back on those ideas that probably sounded ridiculous when they were first uttered out loud. Most of Alexander Graham Bell’s friends probably made cuckoo hand signals after hearing about his notions for the telephone in 1876 and Horace Wells was probably laughed out of town when he dreamed up the ability to put patients under anesthesia for surgery in 1844. Read more

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Plant genomics researchers at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology announce the surprising results of a cotton sequencing study led by Jane Grimwood, Ph.D., and Jeremy Schmutz, who co-direct the HudsonAlpha Genome Sequencing Center. The goal of the project was to identify differences among wild and domesticated cotton that could be used to reintroduce agriculturally beneficial traits like disease or drought resistance. The results, however, surprised the researchers and led them to un… Read more

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Arkansas growers intend to plant about 1.39 million acres of rice in 2020, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Tuesday. The acreage is a rebound from 2019’s 1.15 million acres, but still shy of 2018’s 1.44 million acres. The modest increase surprised some analysts, who expected acreage as high as 1.5 million acres, given prevailing market conditions. Read more

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Spring is here and temperatures are heating up, allowing farmers to start planting cotton. However, volunteer cotton and other undesirable weeds also start to pop up now, underscoring the need for weed management and residual herbicides. Read more

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Due to COVID-19 and the restrictions placed on USDA facilities and now state restrictions that include social distancing, the Western Ginners School in Las Cruces, New Mexico, has been postponed. The Western School's new dates are July 28 to 30. Read more