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Jan. 20 marked a new transition of power as Joe Biden was sworn in as the new president of the United States, leaving most wondering how his administration’s policies will affect us over the next four years. Jody Campiche, director of economics and policy analysis at the National Cotton Coun…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Deltapine New Product Evaluators program recently released the class of 2020 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.

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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 pur…

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released December cotton production reports from around the High Plains, Dec. 10.

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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 resour…

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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…

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The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 can be used by farmers and ranchers to help them through a difficult year, according to the Oct. 8 webinar conducted by Kansas State University’s agricultural economics program.

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The National Cotton Council will conduct the 2021 Beltwide Cotton Conferences virtually on Jan. 5 to 7 due to continued concerns regarding COVID-19’s spread.

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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 ke…

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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 s…

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Americot Inc., Lubbock, Texas, the supplier of NexGen cotton seed, has expanded its research and testing programs to help identify cotton varieties best suited for particular geographic locations.

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Hurricane Hanna came and went with little fanfare but left South Texas with almost $400 million in direct and indirect damages to agriculture, according to a report by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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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 af…

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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 amon…

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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, …

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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.

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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.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its April 2020 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report April 9 and  this the first report that shows the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on United States and the world’s agricultural industries.

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Cotton growers in Texas face unpredictable rainfall, limited water for irrigation and fluctuating prices for the Upland cotton they produce. With such problems becoming more pronounced each year, they might want to consider new options such as Pima cotton production, according to Agricultura…

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The words soil health have been buzzing around agriculture events, at the center of new initiatives and inspiring agriculturists to use effective tools to restore soil nutrients, retain moisture and increase productivity of land. Jeff Miller of ForeFront Agronomy spoke at the High Plains Jou…

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Uncertainty surrounding the spread of coronavirus has Texas cotton producers in limbo regarding their crop options for 2020, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

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The National Cotton Ginners Association continues to urge ginners to complete USDA Agricultural Research Service’s 2019 Cost of Ginning Survey.

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For cotton growers in the Southern Plains, dealing with a short-season environment presents some challenges that take intense management on the part of the producer. Oklahoma State University Cotton Extension Specialist Seth Byrd, spoke recently at the High Plains Journal–sponsored Cotton U …

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At the recent Beltwide Cotton Conference in Austin, Texas, Dan Fromme was named the 2020 Cotton Extension Specialist of the Year. Fromme is an associate professor and state specialist in cotton, corn and grain sorghum at Louisiana State University’s AgCenter. The award, sponsored by BASF, wa…

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United States cotton producers intend to plant 13 million cotton acres this spring, down 5.5% from 2019 (based on U.S. Department of Agriculture’s February 2020 estimate), according to the National Cotton Council’s 39th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.

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All Oklahoma producers and applicators who plan to apply XtendiMax, FeXapan, Engenia to dicamba-tolerant cotton or soybeans in 2020 will need training.

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Ochiltree and Lipscomb counties will host the Northeast Panhandle Summer Crops Conference Feb. 20 at the Frank Phillips College Allen Campus, 2314 S. Jefferson St., Perryton.

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At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Feb. 3 announced the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The…

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The Annual Cotton Seed Variety Meeting will be held at the Great Plains Cotton Gin Office in Minco, Oklahoma. The office is located east of Minco on Highway 37. Registration will begin at 5 p.m. Visit with area cotton producers and industry representatives. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.…