Bayer Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year

Taylor Truckey

Bayer has named the 2016 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year. Gaylon Morgan, Ph.D., Extension cotton specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service received the award at the Extension Cotton Specialist dinner and banquet on the evening of Jan. 6 during the 2016 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans. The prestigious award is voted on annually by Extension cotton specialists …

Bayer Introduces Three New Cotton Varieties

Kelly Marshall

Bayer CropScience is providing growers with three new varieties of cotton to choose from for the 2016 growing season.  Their new line up consists of one FiberMax and two Stoneville plants, each with the proprietary Bayer traits of GlyTol, LibertyLink and TwinLink technologies. GlyTol and LibertyLink traits offer weed control with over-the-top use of glyphostate and Liberty herbicides.  The TwinLink …

Strider Expands Into US With Decision Making Platform

Taylor Truckey

Strider, a well-respected, agriculture-focused tech start-up in Brazil, has recently expanded in the US market. Mainly in Texas as of now, Strider is bringing it’s mission of cutting input costs to the American farmer by helping farmers monitor pests, diseases, and weeds. This platform creates value by taking the information collected by scouts on the field to be evaluated by …

Deltapine Brings Back High Yield Hunter’s Contest

Kelly Marshall

Deltapine is excited to be bringing back the High Yield Hunter’s contest.  Post a picture of your cotton harvest– fields, picker, bales of cotton, etc., now through December 6th and you’ll be entered to win a YETI Tundra cooler each week.  A grand prize winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid quail hunting trip to Southern Woods Plantation. To be eligible …

Corn and Soybean Forecasts Higher

Cindy Zimmerman

The November crop forecast from USDA has increased this year’s corn and soybean production expectations, but lowered cotton and citrus. Corn production remains lower than last year’s record but is up slightly in this month’s forecast at 13.7 billion bushels with yields expected to average 169.3 bushels per acre, up 1.3 bushels from the October forecast. If realized, this will …

Farmers Need RFS Certainty to Remain Profitable

Joanna Schroeder

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to announce final rules for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) this November after months of delay and push back from the agriculture and biofuels industries. As it currently stands, the volume levels set for 2015 and 2016 are lower than the law mandates. As a result, a new white paper finds that American farmers …

USDA Tries New Pest Control Method for Cotton

Kelly Marshall

The USDA has created a YouTube video featuring new ways to control the pink bollworm.  The pest has nearly been eliminated in the U.S., but flare-ups threaten the $100 billion dollar cotton industry. The solution?  Moths. When outbreaks are detected sterile moths can be released to mate with the pink bollworm, preventing offspring. Watch the full video to see the …

How Engenia™ Herbicide Works in Cotton

Cindy Zimmerman

BASF Crop Protection anticipates regulatory approval for Engenia™ herbicide yet later this year, which will provide growers with the most technologically advanced dicamba formulation for control of broadleaf weeds in dicamba-tolerant crops for both soybeans and cotton. “Like all the other dicambas BASF has made in our 50 year history, (Engenia) is a highly effective post-emergent broadleaf weed control tool,” …

FMC and Monsanto Expand Agreement for Growers

Cindy Zimmerman

FMC Agricultural Solutions and Monsanto last week announced the expansion of an agreement of participation in the Roundup Ready PLUS® Crop Management Solutions platform. The exclusive agreement includes FMC’s Authority® brand sulfentrazone herbicides, and adds FMC’s Capture® LFR® insecticide as a soil-applied insecticide for corn and Hero® insecticide. “We believe growers should make use of the best technologies available,” said …

Cotton and Fiber Symposium Set for November

Kelly Marshall

“The fabric of our lives” will be the subject of a symposium scheduled for November.  In the U.S., cotton is a $25 billion dollar industry. Because of the importance of fiber crops to the United States, there will be an “Exploring Genetic Diversity for Fiber Improvement” symposium at the Synergy in Science ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Minneapolis, …