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What cotton harvest problems can farmers have when it rains?

What cotton harvest problems can farmers have when it rains?

This weekend, I accidentally called a friend who farms (ok, I butt dialed him) and he called me back.  We enjoyed the serendipity of it all and had a good visit. As is always the case, weather was a major discussion point. Seems not only was Memphis cooler and wetter than I’d like but he could definitely identify. As would be expected, I said it’s’ different with cotton and he asked why, knowing he doesn’t like wet soybeans sitting in the…

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How does a big rain impact a cotton farm?

How does a big rain impact a cotton farm?

A week  ago, I was driving to Memphis for the weekend and the drama of a bright, rich sunset with the rain lured me off my path. I took the chance to get off the interstate, and snapped a few photos in a couple of different places before finding a cotton farm at the perfect point of light. I snapped loads of photos and video on both my iPhone and my DSLR. I had to share a few pics from my…

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Cotton 101: Early Season Weather Problems in Mid-South Cotton

Cotton 101: Early Season Weather Problems in Mid-South Cotton

As I drove up to St. Louis last Sunday, I noticed some field work being done. Some planters running. My guess is the crop going in the ground was soybeans as we are getting too late for cotton and definitely too late for corn in Arkansas & West Tennessee. I noticed the sandbags that have been holding water back for more than a month seems to no longer have a job as water levels began going down. I spent my…

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Tennessee Cotton Photos from Friends

Tennessee Cotton Photos from Friends

Last week I was busily going about things & checked in on Twitter and somehow, almost miraculously I caught two tweets about Tennessee cotton. It was awesome! First came this one from Shane Kinne with the photo at right. Touring a #cotton gin in TN. New territory for this north MO farm boy. #agchat http://t.co/cj3BoIo — Shane Kinne (@ShaneKinne) May 9, 2011 Shane was down to learn about a cotton gin and although some may wonder what can be learned by…

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Looking for a Break for Spring Planting in West Tennessee

Looking for a Break for Spring Planting in West Tennessee

About a month ago, I was all excited.  Planters were rolling in the Mid-South and I could smell the soil.  We had had several hot days in the Mid-South and I was ready to get to planting cotton. Like cotton farmers in the area, I knew it was still too early.  But I saw strawberries up, some corn beginning to swirl and I was excited about spring.  Now I’m a bit more exasperated than excited and can only imagine what…

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Mid-South Cotton at Harvest

Mid-South Cotton at Harvest

With that title, I just have to start this post by screaming UGH! It’s most likely what you’d hear if you brought the topic up to a Mid-South cotton farmer.  Well, if they were able to refrain from cursing.  And while today is gorgeous, cotton farmers in the Mid-South are looking at yield and quality losses.  Just a look through twitter today, quickly has multiple media reporting on the yield & quality hits growers have taken.  This article is one…

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