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  1. Texas: Small Acreage Farm Equipment Field Day, Cameron, April 30

    April 30 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. Texas: 2 Grain Grading Workshops, Amarillo, May 3-4

    May 3 @ 8:00 am - May 4 @ 5:00 pm
  3. Texas: Spring Field Day, Chillicothe, May 4

    May 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  4. Texas: Annual Concho, McCulloch County Wheat Tour, Millersview, May 5

    May 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  5. Texas: Private Pesticide Applicators Training, Menard, May 5

    May 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  6. Texas: Private Pesticide Applicator Training, San Angelo, May 6

    May 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  7. California: Almond Workshops Scheduled May 10-12

    May 10 @ 8:00 am - May 12 @ 5:00 pm
  8. Kentucky: Wheat Field Day, Princeton, May 10

    May 10 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  9. Texas: Multi-County Ag Chemical Collection Event, Kenedy, May 11

    May 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  10. Texas: Private Pesticide Applicator Training, Floresville, May 16

    May 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  11. Texas: Ag Forum, Austin, May 16

    May 16 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  12. Kansas: Wheat In-Depth Diagnostic School, Colby, May 17-18

    May 17 @ 8:00 am - May 18 @ 5:00 pm
  13. North Carolina: Pesticide Disposal Day, Washington, May 18

    May 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  14. Texas: Land, Water, and Wealth Symposium, Lufkin, May 20

    May 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  15. Georgia: Pest Manager Training, Valdosta, May 27

    May 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  16. Tennessee: Weed Tour, Jackson, June 22

    June 22 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  17. Southern Peanut Growers Conference, Miramar Beach, FL, July 21-23

    July 21 @ 8:00 am - July 23 @ 5:00 pm
  18. Illinois: Agronomy Day, Savoy, August 18

    August 18 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Virginia Cotton: There are Reasons to Plant Early

Mike Christensen
By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin, Windsor, Virginia. http://commonwealthgin.com April 19, 2012

Virginia Cotton: There are Reasons to Plant Early

April 20 is the unofficial calendar day for the beginning of our local cotton planting season.

In modern cotton production, we have a 40-day window for planting that extends through the entire month of May.  We have had better production from our later planting dates for two years in a row, but there are still a lot of reasons to plant a portion of the cotton acreage early.

For one, we never know when the summer rains will hit or how warm it will be in September and October.  The second main reason to plant some acres early is to be able to start picking some fields early.

Even with a few incentives to plant a portion early, nobody will be tempted to plant into the cool wet weather we are expecting to develop the first of next week.

While the weekend, especially Saturday, is going to be nice, there will be some mighty frigid air arriving late Sunday.  All of this is supposed to end by Wednesday of next week and I am hoping that we will get some planters moving by the middle to the end of next week — unless things change.

Long-term forecasting is predicting above average temperatures and below average moisture for early May.

        
         

Mike Christensen
By Johnny Parker, Commonwealth Gin, Windsor, Virginia. http://commonwealthgin.com April 19, 2012