Mississippi Soybeans: Keys To Sustainability

October 26, 2011
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Larry Heatherly, who fostered significant advances in how Delta farmers grow soybeans, has filed a 7-part blog series on sustainable soybean production. The blog is tied into the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board’s web site. Heatherly, a retired research agronomist with USDA’s Stoneville, Mississippi, facility, is now coordinates rearch and technology transfer for Mississippi’s soybean...

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Australia – If Mad Max Had Driven A Pickup, This Would Be It

October 6, 2011
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When I attended the Australian Cotton Conference sometime in the mid 1990s, one of the things that fascinated me was the way Australian pickup trucks had evolved. Long before Americans recognized the versatility of 4 doors on a work truck, the Aussies had long been building what we refer to as crew cabs and...

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1947: First Presidential TV Address Called on Farmers But Did They See It?

October 5, 2011
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Every morning I try to read Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac. There’s always a poem, but I’m usually more interested in reading historical information about the day in history. Today I was rewarded with a fact related to agriculture. In 1947, President Truman made a direct call-out  to farmers in the first televised presidential...

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Miles and Miles of Cotton

September 20, 2011
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Most of us, whether we grow, write or photograph cotton are beyond ready for this season to be over. This video might be described as redundant, but for some reason I get great enjoyment from “riding” in a pickup viewing the miles of cotton modules from the Australian cotton harvest earlier this year in...

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Fed Bank: Fertilizer, Fuel and Feed Costs Increased Loans In 2nd Quarter

July 18, 2011
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You can read the full report, Federal Reserve Bank’s National Trends in Farm Lending. Here are the high points: Non-real estate ag lending jumped 14 percent due to higher costs of fuel, fertilizer and feed. The increased input costs also increased the short-term amount borrowed  by 36 percent. Commodity prices and 1st quarter profits...

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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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Texas Drought: When Will We See The Last 100-Degree Day In 2011?

July 12, 2011
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Another indication about how early this year’s heat developed in the Sunbelt states comes from Bob Rose, Chief meteorologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority, an entity in Austin, Texas, that manages Hill Country reservoirs that supply municipal water and irrigation supplies. This year’s triple-digit heat started in May, points out Rose, whose commentaries...

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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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California Cotton’s Main Competitor In 2012

July 11, 2011
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Alfalfa might pull some acres out of California’s cotton crop in 2012. The two crops always have had kind of a tidal relationship, with one or the other flowing across more land in one or two seasons, then receding to let the other regain acreage. Cotton has gained ground over the last two seasons,...

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In Georgia, The Heat Also Came Early

July 11, 2011
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As noted in the previous post, excessive heat hit Texas early this year. The same can be said of Georgia, albeit at a lower level. Sharon Johnson, an Atlanta-based cotton analyst, noted in a Sunday night memo that one of the local TV stations ran a comparison on high temperatures this year, specifically those...

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