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Georgia Cotton Issues Discussed in Washington

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Before the height of the coronavirus and the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives shutting down their offices to visitors, a few folks from Georgia made a trip to our nation’s capital. Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) Executive Director, Richey Seaton, explains some of what was discussed. For more information, can contact the GCC office in Perry.

UGA Extension Cotton Entomologist Encourages Growers to Minimize Risk for Whiteflies

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By Clint Thompson A mild winter has Georgia cotton growers wary of potential whitefly problems this year. For producers, the 2020 winter feels eerily similar to 2017 when mild temperatures led to an unprecedented whitefly outbreak that impacted cotton and susceptible vegetable crops. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton entomologist Phillip Roberts said UGA is encouraging farmers to do anything …

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FMC Technical Service Manager Provides Cotton Growers With Practices, Steps They Should Consider

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During the recent Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis, Tennessee, a team from FMC was on hand to talk with growers about proactive stewardship of 3-gene Bt cotton. FMC Technical Service Manager, Matthew Wiggins, talked with Southeast AgNet’s Randall Weiseman about how they can provide growers with more insight on what practices and steps they should consider. Learn more …

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Auburn Specialist: Cotton Farmers Shouldn’t Waste Time Trying to Kill Aphids to Manage CLDV

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By Clint Thompson Aphids may be vectors of cotton leafroll dwarf virus (CLDV), which causes cotton blue disease, but Auburn University plant pathologist Austin Hagan believes farmers shouldn’t waste time trying to kill them. He said that through preliminary work done last year, research showed that aphids can’t be killed very well. Even if a farmer sprays every week with …

Georgia Cotton Commission on Cotton Trust Protocol

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Cotton producers want consumers, brands, retailers, and textile manufacturers to know that sustainability is important to them. And according to Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) Executive Director Richey Seaton, getting this message out is the purpose of the National Cotton Council’s (NCC’s) Cotton Trust Protocol. For more information, contact the GCC office in Perry, or go to their website.

Cotton Farmers Need to Avoid Applying too Much Nitrogen

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By Clint Thompson Too much nitrogen in your cotton crop this season can damage potential yields and lead to pest outbreaks, according to Audrey Gamble, an assistant professor and Extension specialist at Auburn University. “Cotton, in particular, we have to put out nitrogen to ensure maximize yields, but we can also start to see a yield penalty when we put …

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Georgia County Cotton Production Meeting Continue

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Cotton producers across Georgia have been attending the annual cotton production meetings over the past few weeks, where they have been able to hear about the latest in research efforts. Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) Executive Director Richey Seaton hopes producers who have missed out will attend a meeting near them. For more information contact your County Extension office.

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Alabama Cotton Acreage Expected to Hold Steady

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By Clint Thompson Steve Brown, Auburn University assistant professor and Extension cotton specialist, believes Alabama producers will once again produce around 500,000 acres of cotton this year. Speaking at last week’s Wiregrass Cotton Expo in Dothan, Alabama, Brown said he doesn’t expect a big shift from last year’s acreage that totaled 510,000, even with cotton prices less than ideal for …

Kent Fountain to Lead National Cotton Council in 2020

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Kent Fountain, a ginner from Surrency, Georgia, was elected National Cotton Council (NCC) chairman for 2020. Named during the NCC’s 2020 annual meeting, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Feb. 14-16, Fountain moves up from NCC vice chairman to succeed Mike Tate, a cotton producer from Huntsville, Alabama. A member of the NCC’s 2001-2002 Cotton Leadership class, …