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April 23, 2014


The success or failure of a crop is highly dependent on obtaining and maintaining an acceptable stand. A poor start greatly narrows margins for error the remainder of the season. Plant uniformly spaced seeds with good seed-to-soil contact, warm soil temperatures of at least 65° F, and adequate soil moisture. Replanting is discouraged unless there is a significant loss of stand. A plant population of one plant per foot of row is often more desirable than replanting later in the planting season. Producers are reminded that they can access stand establishment tips and other valuable crop production information under the National Cotton Council's Advancing Cotton Education (ACE) program.

The ACE site at includes such resources as the Cotton Physiology Today newsletters, Integrated Crop Management, "First Forty Days and Fruiting to Finish," Cotton Incorporated's Focus on Cotton and Cotton eXtension.

(Farm Press) Dahlen Hancock can trace his agricultural legacy back three generations—to his great grandfather who was farming from the Lynn County, Texas, town of Wilson back in 1919. His grandfather moved his family to New Home, Texas, around 1941 and bought 200 acres of land with an FHA loan.
(Farm Press) Abundant rainfall and cooler soil temperatures early in the season will increase the risk to seedling diseases and stand loss; especially in cotton.
(AgWeb) During the next 5 days, three storm systems will affect the nation, according to USDA's agricultural weather highlights.
(AgriPulse) Advocates for local and healthy foods are hoping new farm bill funding will create a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that encourages healthier purchases for the more than 46 million people in the program.
(AgFax) Chances are the U.S. Senate version of a tax-extenders bill, which includes a number of extensions for bioenergy and agriculture, will come up for a vote in the next two weeks, said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, during a conference call with agriculture reporters Tuesday.
(AgFax) Cotton futures tumbled in most-active July Wednesday, giving back the previous session's gains ahead of May delivery notices.
(DTN Progressive Farmer) There are few things in a family business more important -- and complicated -- than developing a good succession plan.
(USDA) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced a new report on scientific breakthroughs discovered by USDA researchers that led to new patents and inventions with the potential for commercial application and potential economic growth.
(AgriPulse) The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) today asked its members to resist a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to define "waters of the U.S."
(AgWeb) More than 60% of farmers have planted a cover crop at some point on their farm.
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