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Fiber Quality Testing on Every Bale of US Cotton VIDEO

Fiber Quality Testing on Every Bale of US Cotton VIDEO

When I was thinking about doing this, it was letters like Q, X and Z that made me wonder if I could really do it. The video I shot as I showed a friend around Memphis came to mind quickly. Although Steve had worked in cotton for years off and on, seeing how cotton was tested for quality was new for him. As he soaked up all the things that he was being told. I wandered around shooting photos and…

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L is for Loam, Love Great Silt Loam Soils

L is for Loam, Love Great Silt Loam Soils

I can remember a time when I thought of dirt as something that only seemed to change about it was the color. I had noticed it when my family took vacations and even in looking at the soils in my grandparent’s yard since grandmom was an avid composter. But when I moved from Memphis to Enid, Oklahoma, the color change was so stark with the red soils totally disconnecting from the browns I had always called home.  Sure it was…

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C is for Cotton — an A to Z Series about Agriculture

C is for Cotton — an A to Z Series about Agriculture

I have to do it. Sure, there were lots of suggestions for C words that are important parts of agriculture and in fact, Kim Parsell gave me a whole list! KentFarms _LA lobbied for cattle (Angus cattle to be clear) and several people echoed that cows would be a perfect choice and others suggested corn. To do an agricultural A to Z without highlighting my favorite fiber — cotton — as the letter of the day, well, it is unthinkable….

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Your Brooks Brothers Shirt May Have Started in El Paso, Texas

Your Brooks Brothers Shirt May Have Started in El Paso, Texas

I love a day that starts with a friend alerting me to some cottony goodness! That’s exactly what happened today as I checked in on Facebook and saw that my good friend Carrie Mess aka DairyCarrie had tagged me in a post! It read simply “Hey Janice look what’s in this month’s American Airlines magazine.” and showed this photo: I did what any self-respecting cotton lover would do — searched the net til I found the article online so I could read…

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How many pairs of jeans in a bale of cotton?, Lee Jeans Asks

How many pairs of jeans in a bale of cotton?, Lee Jeans Asks

I have “liked” lot of brand pages on Facebook and have to admit, some of them eventually get unliked or hidden cause they just don’t seem to get the kinds of things I’d be interested to see from a brand. But some friends saw the Lee Jeans page this week and knew they had to call it to my attention. Jodi Oleen was the first to shout at me! And they were right! I was pumped! Look at the photo Lee…

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That Bright Tape so Many Olympic Athletes Have On is Made of Cotton!

That Bright Tape so Many Olympic Athletes Have On is Made of Cotton!

I’m not sure how many of the events I watched during this summer’s Olympics. More than I should have probably, but I did watch a bit from the seat of a stationary bike so maybe it isn’t too bad. But as we watch the closing ceremony on Sunday, I bet we won’t see one of the new stars that was made. I mean cotton. What? You didn’t see it? I saw a whole lot of it but until cotton friend Wes…

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Why Would a Farmer Put a Sign on a Cotton, Corn or Soybean Field?

Why Would a Farmer Put a Sign on a Cotton, Corn or Soybean Field?

   Have you seen signs like this as you’ve driven around the backroads or interstates and wondered why a farmer would post a sign like this on his cotton, corn or soybean farm? I probably did at one time, but I’ve been in agriculture so long, that I just think of it as standard operating procedure. I’ve thought about answering this question for a while, but keep getting sidetracked. The question seemed to have been answered in what people thought…

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Cotton is the Fabric of the Classroom for @HouseAgBuilt

Cotton is the Fabric of the Classroom for @HouseAgBuilt

It has been a little while since I’ve had a guest post in the series of people telling about how cotton is the fabric of their lives. This one has been in the works for a little while though and it is worth the wait. It’s from California elementary school teacher Sarah who blogs at  The House That Ag Built. She has both Twitter (@houseagbuilt) and Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/houseagbuilt) accounts as well. Thanks Sarah for sharing your story & the story of your students! …

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The Small Joys of Cotton

The Small Joys of Cotton

I love finding new bloggers and really love it when one of them finds me and connects! That’s what happened a few weeks ago when an Arkansas woman subscribed to my blog. I looked at her blog and thought “Wow. She seems like so many people I know!” Since then comments and emails have gone back and forth and I’m lucky enough to have my new blogging friend Lacey join my “Cotton – Fabric of Our Lives” series with today’s post….

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Cotton 101: Saw My First Cotton Plants for the 2012 Season

Cotton 101: Saw My First Cotton Plants for the 2012 Season

One of the things I really got used to the last several years is seeing cotton seed and plants throughout the season. Its amazing how much I miss it when I live somewhere else. I’ve lived other places before and was able to keep up on the crop and with social media, I have lots of people willing to help me stay up-to-date on the crop in various areas, but its not the same. So when I was back in…

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