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ISSUE DATE: 11/09/2009

Cotton farmer credits team for sucessful crop

Ask Andy Wisdom what makes his West Texas cotton farm a success, and he will tell you the secret can't be found just in his soil or in any particular crop input.

It's teamwork that makes his Levelland, Texas, cotton farm run like clockwork.

"It's a team mentality with me," Wisdom said. "I'm very hands-on. I don't ask my people to do things that I wouldn't do myself. I can run any piece of equipment on this place, from the planter to the stripper. I have a great support system, from the people I work with to the people I farm for, and I can't do what I need to do out here without that support."

This team concept works for this fifth generation cotton farmer, who consistently brings in yields in the 2 to 4 bale range year after year.


NEWS

25th annual Amarillo Farm and Ranch Show starts Dec. 1
AFBF, Ag Library to create information clearinghouse for beginning farmers
AFBF: S. 1733 fails farmers and consumers
Ag foundation's teacher of the year award deadline Dec. 4
Breaking land or altering wetlands?
Brownback: USDA lab will bring companies to Kansas
Current status of southeast Kansas aquifers topic of Nov. 9 informational meeting
Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh to visit Cowley County Nov. 19
Extension Council Election set for Nov. 10
Farm Bureau Convention set for Nov. 6 to 8
First San Antonio International Farm and Ranch Show a success, say organizers
Food writer Pollan at California school upsets big ag
FSA Administrator Coppess urges farmers, ranchers to vote in county committee elections
Grow Your Farm program is growing
Hawaii regulators approve first U.S. tuna farm
Herd expansion leads to more Johne's
High tech research seeks climate change answers down on the farm
ISU agriculture pavilion project receives jump-start from Walter gift
Joanne Lupton elected to Institute of Medicine
Kansas Department of Agriculture launches new online business license site
K-State professor of agronomy receives Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award
McCook Farm and Ranch Expo Nov. 18 and 19
New Census of Agriculture tabulation by unicameral district now available
November is National Peanut Butter Lovers' Month
Program helps farmers who help the environment
Searching for ways to reduce agriculture's climate change footprint
Staples announces first-ever young farmer grant program
Staples announces support of critical projects to bring broadband to the underserved in Texas
Sustainable Ranching Workshop Nov. 23 at Kimball
USDA announces $17 million in grants to train beginning farmers, ranchers
Washington County Farm Bureau receives funding
When times get tough, manage financial stress by having a plan to attack it

CROPS

ACGA calls for completion of Senate climate bill
Arkansas farmers assess damage; look to drier days ahead
ARS releases first hard winter wheat varieties for eastern U.S. production
ASA celebrates 90th year as grassroots voice of soybean farmers
ASA submits concerns and issues for climate change legislation
Avoid soil compaction when harvesting wet fields
Banner year for water resource projects in Kansas
Bug-borne disease lab heading to Kansas
Chicot County: 'We are going to be lucky to make half a crop'
Computer modeling can contribute to Thai soybean production
Cost of drying wet corn
Cotton farmer credits team for successful crop
Dry bean breeding specialist wins excellence award
Drying the 2009 crop
Ethanol plants using hops to eliminate bacteria
Excessive moisture slows harvest
Farm Bureau petitions U.S. Supreme Court on pesticide case
Farmers growing electricity along with their crops
First Montana license issued to hemp grower
Grain storage, temperature important
Grain transport waiver issued for Missouri farmers
Heavy rainfall complicates soybean harvest and storage
Herbicide resistant sorghum in development stages
Hydrology study shows benefits of traditional acequia irrigation systems
Kansas Soybean Commission schedules meeting
K-State researchers creating tools to show how Ogallala Aquifer decisions affect people, local econo
MGGA travels state seeking producer input
Missouri ethanol mandate is self-enforcing
Missouri farmers report tough fall
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to perform at Commodity Classic
October average rainfall tops 10 inches, a near record
Sun, dry forecast prompt harvest hopes, even for submerged crops
USDA seeks applications for value added producer grants
Wet fall increases grain sprouting before harvest, causing storage problems, says MU agronomist

LIVESTOCK

2010 David G. and Lucille S. Rice Legislative Internship accepting applications
2010 Kirk Hanna Cattlemen's Leadership College starts in January
Angus champions named at 2009 American Royal ROV Show
Annual Small Ruminant Program to be held Nov. 14
As cows eat, so grow the calves
Aspen rescue effort has saved 95 horses
Cattlemen urge EPA not to regulate agriculture out of business
CDC: Tainted ground beef may be linked to 2 deaths
China agrees to reopen market to U.S. pork
Commercial pigs test positive for H1N1
Commissioner Staples welcomes announcement that China will soon re-open market to U.S. pork
Dairy farmers tell Congress more must be done
Economist: Cattle producers predicted to see profitable outlook in 2010
Ellison elected to national Red Angus board
Equine piroplasmosis disease investigation continues in Texas
EU OKs millions for dairy farmers amid protests
Farm states may copy Ohio vote on livestock rules
Former New Mexico bull rider now breeding top bucking bulls
Gills honored as 2009 Pioneer Breeder of the Year
IBBA officers attend World Brangus Congress in Paraguay
Kansas, Oklahoma conduct joint livestock disease drill
LaMoure company provides bucking bulls
Livestock disease plan to be presented soon
Livestock judging team having busy, successful fall
Livestock producers urged to have plan
Maddux named nation's top rancher
Meat Industry Hall of Fame inducts first group of charter members
Missouri Livestock Symposium to be held Dec. 4 and 5 in Kirksville
NCBA continues to call for death tax reform
NCBA member testifies
Nebraska rancher wins national award
New meat cuts add value to beef
NM calf fitted with prosthetic legs
Phosphorus system to assist Kansas farmers, feedlots
Ride the Range Beef Cow Symposium XXI bus to Casper with the CSU Beef Team
School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences OK'd by commission
Schwarzenegger says California cows can keep tails
Solar power waters cattle on Washington ranch
Stressed cows give less milk, force imports for Puerto Rico
Taiwan's Ma seeks to calm uproar over U.S. beef
TAMU Fit-to-Finish Show Cattle Camp Dec. 12 and 13
Texas cattle industry groups meet to discuss tick fever prevention
The top line
U.S. Pork Center of Excellence receives grant
USDA: Six pigs tested positive for H1N1
USDA-funded swine genome sequencing project succeeds in completing first draft
USTR, Vilsack announce China's intent to re-open market to U.S. pork products
Wet weather affecting fall-born calves
Witness: Processing plant manager hired illegals

EDITOR

Counting the chickens
EPA hits the accelerator
Helping developing nations requires humility, focus

COLUMNS

Bayer CropScience claims nearly half of U.S. cotton seed market
Crop scouting In space
Farmers flock to low-interest USDA loans-Should assistance be targeted to only certain types of farm
Foley Equipment Company acquires Martin Tractor Company
In other agribusiness news....
Just a scoop full
Mentors for youth needed
New soybean varieties debut
Pioneer Hi-Bred announces new inoculant platform for forages
Referendum proposes amendments to Cotton Research, Promotion Order
Soybean seed treatment offers benefits
U.S. Wheat releases annual report

MARKETS

Aberdeen cattle sales report
Ada livestock auction report
Alfalfa conditions remain mostly good
Although steady prices, hay moving slow
Amarillo livestock sales report
Apache livestock sales report
Colorado feeder cattle report
Dalhart livestock sales report
Denison feeder cattle report
Dodge City cattle sales report
Drenching rains further delay crop activities
Ericson livestock auction report
Faith livestock sales report
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Grains see sharp gains
Hay trade slow to moderate
High Plains slaughter news
Huron cattle sales report
Joplin regional cattle sales report
Lexington livestock market report
McAlester livestock auction report
Moisture slows harvest
More wet weather
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas livestock market report
OKC West livestock sales report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt livestock sales report
Recent rainfall, cool temps improve wheat growing conditions
Salina cattle sales report
Snow storm halts harvest
Snowstorm brings harvest to a halt
South Central direct sheep
St. Onge livestock sales report
Sugar beet harvest behind normal
Tulia livestock sales report
Tulsa livestock sales report
Watertown cattle sales report
West Plains regional cattle sales
Wet fields limit fieldwork
Wet weather continues to stall harvest
Wet weather keeps producers out of fields
Woodward livestock sales report
Wyobraska cattle sales report

RANGE

3 million acres taken out of conservation program
Control of Eastern red cedar urged
Millions of newly released acres flood markets
Watch out for nitrate poisoning in forages, forbes

FAMILY

14th annual "Battle of the Salsas" winners announced at State Fair
2010 National Western 4-H Catch-A-Calf applicants wanted
4-H cookies of appreciation go to 700 peace officers
Bobwhite quail in need of 'living space'
CDA urges pet safety during cold weather
Elk Foundation grants for Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma awarded
Elliott has only open spaces
Fall color in an evergreen?
Fall for taste-full salads
Feral hog population on the rise in Arkansas
Meditation for 11-9-09
National 4-H Month focuses on youth contribution to community
Oklahoma made cheese takes the gold prize
OSU to host global horticulture conference
OSU Viticulture and Enology Program awarded national grant
Pears and apples love each other
Program offers tips on turning a home recipe into a business
Starting a business? Do your homework
Study: Lidar sensing gives researchers clearer view of forests

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