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  • Water efficiency in cotton: researchers step up focus

    April 23, 2015

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    Drought in the West, unsustainable depletion of aquifers in the Mid-South and Southeast, conflicts over access to water across the Cotton Belt, and rainfall that never seems to fall when it’s needed have prompted researchers to step up their efforts to maximize water use efficiency (WUE) in cotton. WUE, the ratio of yield produced per unit ...
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  • Reliable Summer Scouts Needed for Checking Local Cotton, Grain and Peanut Fields

    April 16, 2015

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    Texas Pest Management Association (TPMA), in Levelland, seeks summer employees to scout cotton, grain and peanut fields in Cochran, Hockley and Lamb Counties. These persons will be under direct supervision of Kerry Siders, Extension Agent – Integrated Pest Management (IPM) with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. Candidates should have a valid driver’s license, proof of vehicle insurance, ...
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  • Brake Herbicide Which Work On Pigweed Receives Section 18 Approvals in Six States

    April 13, 2015

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    Brake Herbicide has received Section 18 emergency use exemptions for control of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth (pigweed) in six cotton producing states.   Under the current Section 18 exemptions, Brake is authorized for use in 2015 on a limited number of acres in Arkansas (20,000 acres), Georgia (35,000 acres), Missouri (7,500 acres), North Carolina (45,000 acres), South Carolina ...
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  • ‘Cheap’ weed control in grain sorghum – a warning

    April 10, 2015

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    Larry Steckel, Tennessee Extension Weed Specialist Delta Farm Press It seems like quite a few farmers in Tennessee who probably would have farmed a few more years if commodity prices had remained high, have had or are having farm sales. These farms will be picked up by new growers who will be farming this land for ...
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  • Private Applicator Training Now Available Online!

    April 6, 2015

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      The Agricultural & Environmental Safety Unit (AES) is excited to announce a new training opportunity for Private Applicator license applicants!  In addition to providing Private Applicator Training at in-person training programs conducted by County Extension Agents, Texans seeking to obtain a Private Applicators license may now complete the Texas Department of Agriculture required training via ...
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  • Water management is crucial to grain sorghum profitability

    April 2, 2015

    Kay Ledbetter, Texas AgriLife With grain sorghum prices responding to increased prices, spurred by Chinese demand, producers should look to improved management to maximize yield potential. Water management, say Texas AgriLife Extension specialists, will be a crucial factor in improving efficiency. “What’s happening in the sorghum market is a surprise and is exciting for producers,” said Dr. Jourdan ...
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  • 9 Houseplants That Clean The Air And Are Basically Impossible To Kill

    March 31, 2015

    By: SimpleOrganicLife.org Pop quiz: which is more polluted, indoor air or outdoor air? 10 times out of 10, indoor air in your house, office or apartment is going to be worse than the air outside. Indoor air pollution has been ranked among the top 5 greatest risks to public health by the EPA, and stagnant indoor ...
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  • U.S. peanut acreage could bump above 1.6 million for 2015

    March 31, 2015

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    Estimates across the peanut-producing states indicate planting intentions for 1.625 million acres, a 20 percent increase. That’s up from 1.35 million acres last year. Conservative estimates indicate 2015 U.S. peanut acreage will be up about 15 percent over last year. That’s enough to keep pressure on prices, considering a 922,000-ton carry forward and not enough increase ...
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  • Seed Cost Calculator

    March 22, 2015

    South Plains Cotton Growers has there 2015 seed cost calculator available on their website. Farmers are looking extensively at how they can cut cost and still produce quality cotton each year. Here is another great tool that will help our farmers in preparing for the upcoming growing season. Click here to download the Calculator.  PCGseed15
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  • COTTON SPIN: External influences to cotton prices

    March 18, 2015

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    USDA’s March supply and demand report was a non-event for cotton. The March U.S. cotton balance sheet was not changed compared to the February numbers. The March projections of world supply and demand contained no real surprises either. USDA lowered the estimate of world production by 130,000 bales, with decreases in Central Asia and elsewhere outweighing ...
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