Debra L. Ferguson

If Only We Had a Market for Pigweed

July 12, 2011
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If Only We Had a Market for Pigweed

Our thanks to Bill Brooks with Mid-South Farmers Cooperative in Alamo, Tennessee, for sharing 3 impressive pigweed photos with us this week.  In fact, if you’re looking for a healthy pigweed specimen, Bill knows exactly where to find it.  He photographed this field on June 20, June 27 and July 4 and as you...

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First 2011 Louisiana Rice Harvest – No Combine Used Here

July 11, 2011
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No equipment check or fuel fill-up was required for this rice harvest, just plenty of hands on deck to do the work. On July 7, bundles of rice were hand-harvested and tagged at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research plots managed by Dr. Steve Linscombe and Dr. Xueyan Sha. The rice is part of the...

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Make a Promise to Yourself

July 5, 2011
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I’m going to make two statements that I think cannot be argued: 1-The business of farming (or farm consulting)  is highly pressured and complicated with 24/7 demands topped by an immense amount of financial risk. 2-A farmer’s response to these daily crises and ongoing challenges affects every family member and close friend. Agreed? There’s...

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What Does a Smart Phone and A CB Radio Have In Common?

June 29, 2011
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When I read Adam Erwin’s article, How Could a Smart Phone Make Us So Dumb?, I was reminded of how age and experience color our outlook. Erwin obviously has a bone to pick with cell phones.  I may not agree with all of his diatribe, but it was worth reading just for his  historical perspective...

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The Number 1 Irrigated Crop? Lawns…Really!

June 27, 2011
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One of my favorite tv shows is CBS Sunday Morning, which I usually get around to watching on my daily lunch hour, thanks to DVR. In one recent episode about the American obsession with lawns, it was pointed out that NASA estimates U.S. lawns cover 40 million acres! That’s about the size of Kentucky....

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Lubbock Hits 112 Degrees – Now That’s Market News

June 27, 2011
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It may be a cool day under the air conditioner at the Cotton Exchange, but Duane Howell, DTN Cotton Correspondent, reporting on the Cotton Market Opening this morning,  said more about the weather than the market.  Who could blame him? Lubbock records its second hottest day ever on the Texas High Plains. Record high...

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Farmer John: I have never been so wealthy “on paper.”

June 27, 2011
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I grew up on a farm.  There was household optimism twice a year – at planting and again at harvest.  Never was my father so excited as when he was planting and nourishing those tiny plants, and never was he so relieved as when he could pull out the combines and “bring it in.” ...

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Sharpen Your Sweep Net Skills

June 7, 2011
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Boll Weevil Picking His Next Jumping Off Point on Cotton Boll

I never thought much about the accuracy of a  sweep net until I read Angus Catchot’s Mississippi Crops Blog this morning. As an ag photographer, I proudly own a sweep net for tracking down insects in cotton and soybean fields. I’ve photographed crop consultants from California to Louisiana as they used sweep nets. But,...

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