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Young Cotton Plants & 2014 Cotton Planting Progress to Date

Young Cotton Plants & 2014 Cotton Planting Progress to Date

This spring has been a bit nuts. Not only have we had weird cold snaps and some pretty significant storms, but I have been traveling a lot and all of those things come together to delay my seeing those precious cotton plants getting their start this spring. But today, as I drove back to St. Louis from Memphis, I got giddy about the time I reached Clarkedale, Arkansas as I could clearly see cotton had emerged! I did what anyone…

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Google Glass On The Farm? Extreme AgNerds Scout Cotton

Google Glass On The Farm? Extreme AgNerds Scout Cotton

Recently I was astounded by the amount of agnerdness that took over my Twitter & Goggle Plus streams as friends with the Auburn University Extension Service started sharing photos of a cotton agronomist using Google Glass to scout a cotton crop. Yes, it was Google Glass on the farm!  Here’s one of the photos that John Fulton (Google+ and @fultop) shared of agronomist Greg Pate.  And Jim Langcuster (Google+ and @extensionguy) also snapped photos…. I especially like this one of…

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2013 Cotton Acres Early Projections & Planting Estimates

2013 Cotton Acres Early Projections & Planting Estimates

I’m overdue to write up something explaining what’s going on in the world of US 2013 cotton acres. Of course, it has been the topic of discussion for a lot of cotton meetings this winter and the spring planting season was bumpy with weather. I figured now is as good a time as any to talk about what’s going on. Winter Cotton Planting Projections for 2013 The winter meetings showed a range of projected acres from the USDA’s  projected 2013 U.S. cotton…

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Beltwide Cotton Conferences — If you love cotton, you really need to be there!

Beltwide Cotton Conferences — If you love cotton, you really need to be there!

Last year, was a first for me. It was the first time in decades that I hadn’t kicked off the new year of winter meetings with the Beltwide Cotton Conferences (aptly names as folks come from all over the Cotton Belt for this). The Beltwide I wrote a short post about it as it happened. And while I have to admit, I had a great distraction since I was in Hawaii for a short vacation before the Farm Bureau’s annual meeting set…

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Poll on Cotton & Social Media (I need your help please!)

Poll on Cotton & Social Media (I need your help please!)

Hey there friends! I think for some people, I may be one of the few connections you have to cotton farming. I’d love your help as I work on a presentation about social media for the cotton industry’s major meeting — the Beltwide Cotton Conference. As I’ve been working on my presentation, I kept thinking there are some questions that you could help me answer that may help me as I tell my social media story. And if it helps…

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Cotton – Maybe My Last Photos of a Harvest Ready Field in 2012 (Day 6)

Cotton – Maybe My Last Photos of a Harvest Ready Field in 2012 (Day 6)

I love seeing a cotton field near harvest time and I’m afraid this may be the last set of photos I get to capture this year during picking time. Late in the afternoon and into the early evening there is a kind of light that grabs my attention and makes me hit the brakes no matter what I should be doing. I hope you enjoy the photos and that you get a moment’s wonder thinking this is where your favorite…

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Top 10 Cotton States in Area, Production, Yield & Value in 2012

Top 10 Cotton States in Area, Production, Yield & Value in 2012

(Editor’s note:  For the most recent year’s production numbers, please see this post Which states produce the most cotton? Acres, Pounds & More that will be updated mid January annually.) My friend David Hayden asked me today whether I had a top 10 list of cotton states. He tweeted: @JPlovesCOTTON do you have a blog post with the top ten #cotton producing states or know where I can find such a list? — David Hayden (@Davidhayden7) August 26, 2012 I didn’t have…

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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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Cotton & Corn Crop Conditions this Week – Video

Cotton & Corn Crop Conditions this Week – Video

This weekend I drove down to Memphis and have to admit, I really enjoyed the fact I wasn’t on a tight deadline! I did well getting on the road early and made great time, well, that is until I reached the part of Missouri that is part of the Cotton Belt. Yes, I moved a lot slower once I got to the Missouri Bootheel! I was able to resist the urge to check the cotton crop up close for a…

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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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