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February 3, 2016

Variety selection is perhaps the season's most important and yet most difficult decision. A poor variety selection decision is not easily overcome. Choose varieties with the genetic potential for higher yield and fiber quality. Plant more than one variety and consider specific traits and crop maturity after yield and quality. Try new varieties on a limited acreage to see how they perform on your farm. The National Cotton Council offers resources to help with that decision at 

(AgWeb) Even though cotton prices remain stuck in a sub-profitable range for most Cotton Belt producers, acreage could shift out of grain sorghum and dryland wheat and back into cotton this spring. 
(Farm Press) If cotton was selling for 80 cents per pound, Nathan Reed might be planting most, if not all, of his acres to varieties containing the latest herbicide and insecticide traits. 
(Farm Press) Cover crops, in conjunction with reduced-till planting and rotation, could be an important part of row crop farmers’ moisture management systems — and in some cases could provide a bump in yield. 
(Farm Press) Peanuts are a good complement to cotton, especially in fields infested with cotton root knot nematodes, says Jason Woodward, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension plant pathologist at Lubbock. The microscopic pest won’t affect peanuts and the peanut root knot nematode won’t injure cotton. 
(Cotton Farming) Dimmitt is a small town on the Old Ozark Trail in the Texas Panhandle and is known as the home of bluegrass musicians Smokey, Edd and Herbert Mayfield.  
(AgFax) March posted eight-session high. Private U.S. payrolls reported better-than-expected in January. Cash grower sales rose to 22,103 bales on The Seam. 
(Business Standard) Pakistan has replaced Bangladesh to emerge as largest buyer of Indian cotton in October – December quarter due to a sharp decline in its domestic availability on crop damage hit by white flies virus. 
(DTN Progressive Farmer) Cheaper fuel prices will help farmers' bottom lines this year, but farmers are being encouraged to test their soils and consider ways to fertilize more efficiently before they decide to cut back too much on fertilizers to save money. 
(AgWeb) Syngenta has finally found a suitor it can accept. 
(Cotton Farming) Drones are a hot topic in many circles, including the agricultural industry.   
(AgriPulse) USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will prepare a programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to “evaluate a range of alternatives” for updating its biotechnology regulations. 
(Farm Press) The Arkansas Agriculture Department (AAD) has opened the 2016 Century Farm program year to qualifying landowners.  
(Farm Progress) Want to learn more about weeds? The Weed Science Society of America has new and updated educational materials available for free download at its website. 
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