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ISSUE DATE: 05/14/2012

Kids have cotton pickin' fun down on the farm

By Doug Rich

Go down to your local coffee shop today and ask your buddies how many of them have picked cotton by hand. My guess is that you might find one old timer who had that experience as a kid.

Ask that same question in any grade school within 70 miles of Augusta, Ark., and hundreds of little hands would shoot up. Machines replaced people in the cotton fields of Arkansas many years ago, but the unique experience of picking cotton by hand is still possible every fall at Dallas and Katherine Peebles' farm outside Augusta.

Peebles Farm has been open to the public every fall from the last weekend in September to the last weekend of October since 2004. The Peebles family offers the usual fall harvest activities with a corn maze, hay bale maze, u-pick pumpkins, and hayrides. Unique to their agritourism venture is a 3-acre cotton patch.


NEWS

Equity markets review
Farm Service Agency reminds producers of acreage reporting deadlines
Gov. updates drought order for Kansas counties
Governor announces Kansas Bioscience Authority appointee
Governor signs declaration of State of Disaster Emergency
K-State conference to offer cart full of ideas
Latzke named president of Kansas Professional Communicators, picks up 8 awards
Mo. food prices come in under the national average
Multi-year flex account program applications available
Nebraska Youth Range Camp planned
Planning ahead for severe weather
Rural Development invests in little towns, open spaces
Senators express concerns about seasonal worker program
Some counties concerned about continued drought
Start efforts to control fire ants now
Stretch your food dollar at the meat case
Texas MarketMaker website connects producers, consumers
The gift of good land
There's history, then there's history
USDA assures consumers beef, dairy products are safe
USDA offers farm loans for Socially Disadvantaged applicants

CROPS

Agribusiness industry awards college scholarships
Agritourism guidelines help keep young visitors safe
Bayer hosts Ag Issues Forum
Extension to host energy efficiency workshops
Extension to host field day
Extension to host Wheat Plot Tour May 22
Farm family embodies toughness of American farmer, rancher
Field bindweed a difficult landscape foe
Final applications for NRCS Organic Initiative due June 1
Kids have cotton pickin' fun down on the farm
K-State Crops Team sweeps top honors in national contest
K-State sociologist leads rural demographics research
Matching the right variety to the field
MU will host international symposium on elderberries
NAMA president elected to chair Grain Science and Industry Advisory Council
National Festival of Breads to move to the Little Apple
Officers give suggestions to farmers to be road legal
Pigweed Zero Tolerance zones expand in Arkansas
Sorghum scholarship recipient named
Specialty crop grants available
Topeka school earns Bake and Take Month grand prize
UNL Extension offers tractor safety courses
Wheat tour posts optimistic number
YouTube channel showcases America's farmers

LIVESTOCK

Beef featured at culinary conference
Beef Improvement Federation holds annual meeting
Cattle producers urged to prepare now for potential drought
Cow herd owners tour Kansas feedlots
DNA: An emerging tool for beef cattle
First KLF donation for Stout Center presented
Iowa Pork tenderloin contest begins
KCA golf tournament a success
Midwest Boar Stud Managers Conference set for August
National Barbecue Hall of Fame finds new home at American Royal
NCBA names coordinator of producer education program
New dairy and cheese plant to break ground in Hugoton
Raising sustainable beef
Rancher elected to OFB Board of Directors
Southwest Kansas Cattlewomen offer scholarship
Summit attendees learn to bridge the divide
Testing valuable for livestock producers
Update for Veterinarians program planned
UW animal science leader honored
UW research targets genetic selection tool in sheep
Vesicular stomatitis confirmed in New Mexico
Veterinarian: Time strategic deworming right
Youth Animal Care Training program available online

EDITOR

Bullying the farm kid
It's just about time
To green or not to green?

COLUMNS

Critical thoughts on oil and gas leases
DuPont, 4-H focus on youth in rural Africa
In other agribusiness news...
Just a scoop full
Mycogen hybrids win top forage prizes
New copper formulation delivers benefits to crops
Plant extracts boost rumen efficiency
Project aims to save water
Speaking up for ourselves
The future of China

MARKETS

Aberdeen livestock auction report
Ada livestock auction report
All of corn planted
Amarillo livestock auction summary
Another dry week
Apache livestock sales report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Colorado feeder cattle auction summary
Conditions favorable for planting
Continued warm temps push wheat, grass ahead of normal
Cooler temps, limited precip seen
Crops look good with recent rains
Dodge City cattle sales report
Ft. Smith livestock auction report
Georgia cattle auction summary
Grain market close
Hay trade mixed
Hay trade slow
High Plains slaughter news report
Humeston feeder cattle auction
Joplin regional cattle sales report
McAlester livestock auction report
More hot, dry weather
North Arkansas livestock auction report
OKC West livestock market report
Parts of state get needed moisture
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Pratt feeder cattle auction report
Rain slows fieldwork
Rain slows planting progress
Row crop planting well underway
Salina livestock auction report
San Angelo livestock auction report
Some areas of Texas see rain, others don't
Soybeans see double-digit losses
Springfield livestock auction report
Superior video auction report
Superior video auction report
Texas Direct feeder cattle summary
Tulia livestock auction report
Tulsa livestock auction report
West Plains regional livestock sales report
Wheat harvest begins
Woodward livestock auction report

RANGE

Extension offers ranch management sessions
Grass-fed beef conference to be held May 30-31
Greenhorn Grazing series begins 2012 season
Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition to hold range school
Stands still struggling

FAMILY

Add exercise to your canine's daily routine
Brick enhances Wilson's look
Cankerworms are hatching
Controlling weeds in turf
Coors Cowboy Club kicks off summer with Ranch Rodeo
Delizioso
Flint Hills Rodeo will feature 2 specialty acts
May gardening tips
Meditation
Older Adult Resource Fair set for May 15 and 16
Pheasants Forever names youth education coordinator
Preventing damage to trees in severe weather
Rhubarb is stalking about again
Summer fairs go green with soy-based products
Texas-sized flies beneficial in gardens
Youth Forestry & Wildlife Camp accepting applications

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