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Knowing how to grow a crop is important, but learning how to market that crop is equally vital to surviving in today’s agricultural climate. That’s what feed grain and cotton producers should focus on going into 2020, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.

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The multi-county Top of Texas Cotton Conference will be hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Jan. 15 at the M. K. Brown Auditorium, 1100 W. Coronado Drive, Pampa.

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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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The Big Easy was full of cotton growers for the 2019 Deltapine New Product Evaluator Summit Dec. 13 and 14 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Keylon Gholston, Deltapine product manager within the Bayer Corporation, says the NPE program was born in 2007 when the company produced the first Bollgar…

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has released an updated 2020 High Plains Crop Profitability Analyzer budgeting tool just in time to help Texas High Plains producers plan for the new year, said Justin Benavidez, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist in Amarillo.

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Arkansas cotton growers may remember 2019 as one of their better years, despite a downward revision of expected yields, said Bill Robertson, extension cotton agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, Dec. 10, and it didn’t have much good news for farmers.

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USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following cotton conditions for the week ending Dec. 2:

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Agricultural producers and others interested in learning the latest information about best crop production practices for southwestern Oklahoma and the Texas Rolling Plains should register now to attend the Jan. 22 to 23, 2020, Red River Crops Conference in Altus.

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USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following cotton conditions for the week ending Nov. 24:

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Cotton is sensitive to water stress at different growth stages, needing water at specific times to produce a high-yielding crop. A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study investigated the best strategies to improve irrigation water-use efficiency while maintaining high yields.

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USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following cotton conditions for the week ending Nov. 18:

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Cotton harvest is in full swing right now. These bales of cotton were sitting outside the Farmers Co-oP Gin in Childress, Texas. (Journal photo by Lacey Newlin.)

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, Nov. 8, which showed the affect of a tough growing season and challenging fall harvest across much of the United States.

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After a mild weekend of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50s, much of Arkansas found itself dealing with widespread rains and falling mercury throughout Monday. Tuesday, the state awoke to a morning that declared itself as “winter” in no uncertain terms.

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USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following cotton conditions for the week ending Nov. 10:

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Farmers looking for information about capitalizing on sustainability for their cotton farms should make plans to attend the first ever Cotton U, Dec. 5, at the Amarillo Farm Show, Amarillo, Texas, to learn about a new pilot program initiated by the National Cotton Council.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report Oct. 10 as several major crops are now projected to see a decline in harvested bushels.

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According to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Oct. 20, cotton conditions were as follows in the High Plains Journal coverage area:

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For the week ending Oct. 13, USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following cotton crop conditions:

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USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported the following cotton conditions for the week ending Oct. 6:

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There’s a new gin in the Panhandle to help handle the cotton boom. Lonestar Gin cut the ribbon on its new state of the art facility just outside of Pampa, Texas, Sept. 25.

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Building on a successful first year, PhytoGen, the U.S. cottonseed brand of Corteva Agriscience, will again team with Cotton Incorporated’s Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program for 2020. PhytoGen will again organize denim collection drives at industry events across the Cotton Belt to …

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is inviting public comment on a petition from the Monsanto Company seeking deregulation of a cotton variety genetically engineered for resistance to certain insects, primarily those of the Lygus genus. The petiti…

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The Oklahoma Panhandle Research and Extension Center at Goodwell, Oklahoma, showcased the latest research into fall crops and new cotton varieties, as well as displayed irrigation technologies to help farmers get the most out of their applied water, Sept. 11.

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Texas has a long history of growing cotton. It’s a resilient crop, able to withstand big swings in temperature fairly well. However, growing cotton in the same fields year after year can be a bad idea. Nutrients can get depleted. Disease can lurk in the ground during the winter season, only …

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According to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service for the week ending Sept. 22, cotton conditions in High Plains Journal’s coverage area were reported as follows:

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The Sept. 12 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report from the United States Department of Agriculture brought some good news to soybean growers and dairymen, while corn growers saw a dimmer light at the end of the tunnel. 

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The Hutchinson and Hansford Cotton Production Meeting, hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will be Aug. 22 at the Adobe Walls Gin, located at 10175 Farm-to-Market Road 51 between Stinnett and Spearman.

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A 65-year comparative analysis between U.S. yields of irrigated and rain-fed crops has sounded a message to farmers, land managers and policymakers: Mind the gap.

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The American Cotton Producers, chaired by Shawn Holladay, joined the Cotton Foundation’s membership at the recent joint summer meeting in Austin, Texas, to review several of the NCC’s primary policy issues.

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Corteva Agriscience offers farmers another tool to control destructive insects by announcing an expanded federal label from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Transform WG insecticide with Isoclast active. Eight new crops, including corn and alfalfa, are on the expanded label, whic…

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While rainfall is important for crop production, the amounts falling across the High Plains have negatively impacted row crops and agricultural operations, with potential effects extending into the summer growing season, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert.

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Arkansas farmers besieged by floodwaters, rain-filled forecasts and sprouting weeds are seeing another threat crawling toward their valuable crops in the form of numerous, hungry pests.

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“Cotton & Conservation” is the title of a new series of videos being developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.

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The June 11 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed the effects of trade and weather on crops and livestock in the United States.

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The success of the High Plains cotton industry, like any group effort, is directly tied to the willingness of qualified individuals to volunteer to serve in various leadership positions. To identify these volunteers, the High Plains cotton industry caucuses each year with other cotton groups…

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Favorable weather would be welcome news for farmers wanting to plant their corn and soybean crops.

Persistent moisture, which has included a deluge of rain in some areas as well as colder than normal temperatures, reduced preparation time.Nationwide, the USDA estimated earlier this year about 92.8 million acres of corn were projected to be planted this spring and about 84.6 million acres of soybeans.

Yield loss can happen when smaller plants compete for nutrients and sunlight with larger, earlier-emerging plants. Smaller plants will likely produce barren or small ears.

Seeds that emerge 10 days behind their row mates lessen in-row yield potential. Studies vary, but agronomists in Wisconsin and Illinois estimated losses at 8 to 10 percent in older research, says MU Extension corn specialist Greg Luce.

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A wetter and cooler May has many Oklahoma cotton growers reaching for their soil thermometers before hitting the fields. With seed availability already at critical lows, it’s vital that growers plant the seed they have been able to source in as optimum environment as possible because replant…