Ag news and Producer Highlights

Ginner of the Year

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SCGA Outgoing President

Brad Williams: Managing a new normal


A.L. Vandergriff Cotton Pioneer Award

Fred Bourland: 50 years of cotton breeding

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SCGA Incoming President

Angel to lead Southern Cotton Ginners in 2021-22

Memorial Scholarship Honoree

SCGA Scholarship awarded in B. Lindsey’s honor

Farmers Leading Innovation: Addressing Mid-South Production Problems 

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Harvesting in Hurricane Season 

Louisiana row crop farmers discuss the 2020 growing season and harvest as well as some of the challenges 2020 brought. Heath Herring, first vice president of the Louisiana Cotton and Grain Association and recently elected president whose term begins in February 2021, recounts how the good weather during the growing season helped produce a good harvest. Herring also briefly gives his crop plans for 2021. 

Reflections on 2020 Growing Season

Louisiana row crop farmers discuss the 2020 growing season and harvest as well as some of the challenges 2020 brought. Russ Ratcliff, a third-generation farmer in Tensas Parish in Louisiana, briefly recounts how losing dicamba affected the 

growing season, how hurricanes impacted harvest, as well as ways to increase profitability or cutback during a financially challenging year. 

Timely Planting Makes for Excellent Crop

Louisiana row crop farmers discuss the 2020 growing season and harvest as well as some of the challenges 2020 brought. Ben Guthrie, farm manager for Balmoral Farming Partnership in Newellton and St. Joseph, Louisiana, reflects on the 2020 crop year and how to increase profitability going forward. 

All About ROI 

Arkansas cotton producers Jesse Flye and Marty White have made changes in recent years to improve margins. 

More Dicamba, 2,4-D Escapes in 2020 

Larry Steckel, University of Tennessee Extension Weed Specialist, says he's seeing lots of pigweed that has escaped dicamba and 2,4-D applications. What farmers should know and what they can do about it now. 

Mark Thornbrough family kicks off 2020 cotton harvest 

Mark Thornbrough farms primarily dryland cotton and runs cattle near Granite, Okla. Farm Press caught up with him as he was stripping his dryland crop. He discussed the season along with trying something new this year that involved Granite FFA's assistance. Watch this video to hear more and to see high school students and Thornbrough's oldest son at work on the family farm. 

Take a step to help ensure U.S. cotton stays attractive to retailers 

Jimmy Webb's friends know it isn't hard to get him to talk, and that's a good thing! He's worn many leadership hats serving the cotton industry over the years, most recently as chairman of The Cotton Board, which approved a multi-million $ budget for Cotton Incorporated a few weeks back. Farm Press senior director of content Brad Haire went to Jimmy's farm (the pickers were about to kickoff harvest, BTW) to talk to him about that money and what it is targeting. And, yes, the pandemic came up but so did a step growers can take to help ensure their crops stays attractive to retailers.

Arkansas family farms rice and soybeans in Mississippi County 

Ryan Sullivan talks about a good harvest despite wet weather and plans ahead. 

Farm manager Jeff Lorah praises harvest weather, defoliation results 

Jeff Lorah manages more than 6,000 acres of cotton and more than 3,000 acres of wheat for Robbie Robbins near Altus, Okla. Before Lorah heads to the field, Farm Press visits with him about the 2020 season, treating for thrip rather than scouting, and how he's keeping his employees safe during a pandemic. He also discusses dry-planting cotton and defoliation. 

Doug Scott Cotton Harvest Interview 

Doug Scott discusses the 2020 cotton harvest