Precision Workshops for Cotton Growers

Cindy Zimmerman

The recent Cotton Incorporated Crop Management Seminar in Tunica, Mississippi featured workshops to help growers learn more about precision management. Director of Agricultural Research Ed Barnes says they actually had two different precision workshops. “One for people who really had not done any work with precision agriculture. We had a workshop on the basics of how to scout your field, …

Cotton, Education, Equipment, Reach for the Stars, Software

Cotton Inc Precision Management Workshops

Chuck Zimmerman

It’s less than two weeks to the Cotton Incorporated, 2008 Crop Management Seminar & Workshops. There’s a nice agenda of precision workshops included in the program in case you’re interested. It’s all going to take place at Harrah’s Casino & Resort in Tunica, MS, November 11 – 13. Here’s the precision workshops agenda (pdf): 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM REGISTRATION …

Ag Group, Cotton, Education

Cotton Picker in Action

Chuck Zimmerman

I told you I’d get to see the new John Deere 7760 Self Propelled Cotton Picker in action. This bad boy will be ready for sales next year but growers can call their local dealer to get an on-farm demonstration. I liked the American flag touch. It was waving in the nice breeze we had all day. There were also …

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Precision Mitigates High Input Costs

Laura McNamara

Crop input costs are continually rising, but reports that precision farming technology is helping keep overall costs at bay. A recent article suggests farmers are receiving substantial paybacks for investing in precision agriculture technology. “Research shows that growers are gaining back their investment in precision ag technology faster than we thought – often in just one to three years,” …

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Cotton Growers Embrace Precision

Laura McNamara

About half of the nation’s cotton growers are practicing precision agriculture. reports that the use of precision technology among cotton growers grew from just 18 percent in 2001 to 48 percent in 2005. There are a number of reasons for this increase. First, changes in farming practices requires more precision and repeatability, such as the use of subsurface irrigation …

Cotton, Equipment, GPS

More Precision Agriculture in Cotton

Chuck Zimmerman

At last week’s Beltwide Cotton Conferences I got to interview Patrick Sikora, John Deere Ag Management Solutions Group, about the new technology available for cotton growers. He works in their new development area. Patrick says that cotton growers have been some of the earliest adopters of precision farming technology but that there may be some not familiar with products like …

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