Category Archives: Farm Management

When should I resume picking?

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Weather over the past few days has allowed our cotton crop to dry down substantially. Still, it is unlikely the areas which noted sprouting will be dry enough to pick until mid-week (Oct. 3). In this post, I cover the factors to consider and potential impacts should you rush into harvest before the crop has sufficiently dried.  Continue reading

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Warm weather defoliation mixes (1 and 2 shot) with and without thidiazuron

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Our forecast for the next 7 days contains ideal conditions for defoliating and opening bolls.  In this blog, I cover my current 1 and 2 shot go-to mixes and briefly describe how I would approach defoliation without thidiazuron.   Continue reading

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Prevention of Plastic Contamination

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Although US cotton currently has a reputation as one of the least contaminated sources in the world, USDA-AMS Cotton Programs reported more ‘other extraneous matter’ during 2017 than ever before- primarily due to plastic.  Beginning in 2018, a new remark for plastic contamination will be included in the classing process.  Unfortunately, the negative financial implications associated with receiving a plastic remark could potentially spread beyond a single bale.  As a result, I’ve personally heard several refer to plastic contamination as the biggest single threat to the US cotton industry.   Continue reading

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Don’t Forget, Milan No-Till Field Day is Thursday!

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Visitors to the Milan No-Till Field Day can hear presentations on research involving corn, cotton and soybeans. Due to growing interest in cover crops, two tours (10 total presentations) will be devoted to that topic. New this year – a tour devoted to managing resistance, a tour on fragipans, and a producer-led panel discussing personal experiences with precision agriculture technology. Continue reading

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2017/2018 County Standard Wheat Trials

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2018 County Standardized Trials (CST) wheat harvest data are now available.  Our county trial yields were consistent with yields in much of the state, down around 15 bu from what we had last year.  Late planting due to excess moisture and a cool, wet spring with delayed fertilizer and insecticide applications, didn’t get this crop set up for record year.

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Herbicide injured cotton: Deciding to keep it and management after

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I’ve received several calls this week requesting information on whether or not to keep injured cotton and management after the injury.  In this brief article, I will cover the ‘keep or discard’ decision and briefly cover best management practices after the decision to keep the crop has been made. Depending on your situation, you may need to document the injury and/or keep a portion of the field to determine the yield penalty. That information is beyond the scope of this article but should be available from your insurance agent or attorney.  Continue reading

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