Tuesday Cotton eNews

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March 31, 2015

Variety selection is perhaps producers' most important as well as most difficult decision of the growing season. Choose varieties with the genetic potential for higher yield and fiber quality but also consider specific traits and crop maturity. Consider planting more than one variety but try new varieties on a limited acreage to see how they perform on your farm.

Producers are reminded that they can access valuable crop production information under the National Cotton Council's Advancing Cotton Education (ACE) program at http://www.cotton.org/tech/ace/index.cfm. Supported by The Cotton Foundation, ACE relies on researchers and Extension cotton specialists to help develop and assist in the dissemination of this information to decision-makers.

(Bloomberg) Farmers in West Texas, the main U.S. growing region, will cut cotton acreage this season as a drop in prices spurs them to sow alternative crops, according to the state's biggest producer group.
(AgWeb) Regarding weather, the primary attention grabbers as March draws to an end are the potential for flooding in the Ohio and mid-Mississippi river basins, the dryness in the upper Midwest and Plains, and any potential effect that might be seen from El Nino.
(Farm Press) Fertilizing cotton in times of low commodity prices can be a tricky proposition.
(Cotton Grower) According to Larry Oldham, Extension soils specialist at Mississippi State University, the combination of genetics, water and pest management and other factors have resulted in unprecedented agronomic crop yields over the past 29 years.
(High Plains Journal) Precipitation levels continued to average less than an inch across the state, ranging from none in the West Central district to 0.79 inches in the East Central district for the week ending March 29, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Oklahoma Field Office, March 30.
(AgriPulse) Legislation to make the E-Verify immigration system mandatory could split House Republicans unless it is accompanied by a bill to ensure farmers access to more legal foreign workers.
(Farm Progress) About $31 million in USDA loans and grants will fund rural economic development in 12 states, the agency said Monday.
(AgFax) Talk circulated that the prospective plantings report already may be somewhat outdated. Cash grower sales edged up to 1,060 bales on The Seam.
(DTN Progressive Farmer) Donating farmland to a community foundation or donor-advised fund can help rebuild rural America, advocates say. Here's how.
(Farm Press) Jack Jones, a career-Louisiana State University plant breeder who helped lay the foundation for today's pest-resistant cotton varieties, has died in Baton Rouge, La. He was 89.
(Farm Progress) Is your planter ready to tackle the challenges of 2015? They may not be very different than those of 2014, but after last year's run through the field, there may be wear and tear on your planter – or a tweak or two to the planter tractor – that need a bit of attention.
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