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May 24, 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 www.cotton.org/tech/physiology/index.cfm
Cotton Grower - While cotton growers in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee await the decision on Section 18 emergency use of Transform (sulfoxaflor) for plant bug control this season, the EPA is apparently heading in a different direction for the proposed re-registration of the product. 
Farm Press - Cotton producers made rapid planting progress in mid-May on increased acreage, hoping the recent trend of high yields will continue in a year of low prices for all crops. 
Farm Press - Another round of tumultuous weather hit large areas of Texas and Oklahoma last week bringing violent thunderstorms, flash floods, wind damage and large hail that blasted farms and ranches and communities causing severe damages and breaking many local rainfall records. 
Farm Press - After some contested politics within state government, South Carolina farmers will get financial aid to help them recover from historic flooding that hit them at harvest last year. 
Farm Press - Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is continuing the Senate charge to complete FY2017 appropriations bills as early as possible this year with successful committee passage of a measure that supports agriculture production, research, and conservation programs in Mississippi. 
Agri-Pulse - Top officials of Germany-based Bayer AG took to the phones today to explain why they believe acquiring Monsanto in a deal worth $62 billion would be good for shareholders, farmers and a growing world population. 
Cotton Grower - Cotton futures had a couple of triple digit days this past week, up and down. Yet, the bulls carried the week, if only slightly. 
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