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DOANE: Cotton Comment 

Audio: Cotton Conference Call - Ag Marketing Network panel discusses latest USDA report, possible market direction 11-12

Southeast Cotton Harvest Reports: Some progress, but Ida is a concern 11-12

Delta Cotton Harvest Reports: Struggling To Finish The 2009 Crop 11-12

Closing Cotton: Closes Lower in Heavy Dealings 11-12

Closing Grain: Impressive Session for Soybeans 11-12

Closing Rice: Recent Gains Firmed 11-12

U.S. Diesel Fuel Cost Survey 11-12

U.S. Stock Market News 11-12

Texas: Cotton Grower Happy with Average Crops 11-12

Harvest Conditions Need Careful Drying 11-12

Kansas: K-State Scientist Reviews Options for Late-Planted Wheat 11-12

Midday Grain: Soybeans Stronger 11-12

Midday Livestock: Cattle Futures on Defensive at Midday, Pressured by Lower Feedlot Cash  11-12

Linn Corn Commentary: Strikes Again 11-12

Linn Wheat Commentary: Ended Higher 11-12

Linn Soybean Commentary: Drift Higher 11-12

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshops Set for January in Beloit, Hiawatha 11-12

The Pain of Technology Adoption 11-12

Opening Cotton: Extends Sharp Midweek Downturn 11-12

Opening Grains: All Lower Overnight 11-12

Opening Livestock: Lean Hogs Likely to Open Lower 11-12

K. Good's Farm Policy: Climate Issues and Agriculture; Food Security; and Food Safety 11-12

Virginia Cotton: Harvest, Lint Quality and Yield  11-11

Closing Livestock: Cattle Futures Plunge Lower in The Face of Faltering Feedlot Sales 11-11

Arkansas: Clock Ticking for Wheat Growers 11-11

Georgia: Volatile October Sets Record Temps 11-11

New Tech Tractors that Talk 11-11

Farmers' Program, Industry's Gain 11-11

Resistant Weeds in the Future: Harder to Kill in Soybeans, Rice, Corn, Wheat 11-11

Kentucky Producer Wraps Season Up 11-11

Texas: Subsurface Drip Irrigation - If it works here, it will work anywhere 11-11

Georgia Pecans: Moderate deliveries, export interest widens 11-10

Midsouth Pecans: Very light farmer deliveries, slow but steady demand 11-10

Peanuts: USDA reduces 2009 crop estimate by 1%, sees 30% drop from 2008 11-10

Georgia: New Systems Help Water Applications 11-10

Mississippi: Harvest Rains Hurt Crops 11-10

USDA Reports Preview 11-10

Iowa Farmer Sees Crop Rotation Working 11-10

Pesticide Levels Decline in Corn Belt Rivers 11-10

Wet ethanol production process yields more ethanol and more co-products 11-10

Brazil Readies Cotton Retaliation Against U.S. 11-10

Shortage of Dairy-Quality Hay 11-10

Arkansas: Sun Powers Harvest Progress 11-9

Fruit and Vegetables from STAT

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Sugar, U.S. Nut Markets

Upcoming Events:

(FD: field day; SS: scout schools)

Kansas State University Management, Analysis and Strategic Thinking Program (MAST), November 16-17. 

Mississippi: Delta Area Rice Meeting and Dinner, November 19 at 6 p.m., Bolivar County Extension Auditorium, Cleveland.

Texas: Agrilife conducts public training on: prescribed burning; comparison of wheat, oats and triticale; herbicide application equipment, November 19,Schleicher County Civic Center, located just south of Eldorado.

Texas High Plains Ag Conference, December 2, AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Lubbock. Contact Scott at 806-775-1680, or

Texas 21st Annual Plant Protection Assn. Conference "Application of Agricultural Technology and Management for Changing Times", December 2 & 3, Brazos Center, Bryan.

California: Using Blue Bees In California Almonds, December 7, Masonic Family Center, Chico.

California: Using Blue Bees In California Almonds, December 8, UCCE Stanislaus County Office, Modesto.

Mississippi 2009 Row Crop Short Course, December 7-9, 10 am, Bost Extension Center, Mississippi State University, Registration Form.

Alabama Precision Agriculture and Field Crops Conference, December 8, 8 am, Wind Creek Hotel, Atmore.

California: Almond Industry Conference, Dec. 9-10, Modesto.

2009 USA Rice Outlook Conference, December 9-11, New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans. For more information, contact Jeanette Davis,

2010 National Cotton Council Beltwide Cotton Conferences, January 4-7. New Orleans Marriott Hotel and Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 9 & 23, Zion Lutheran Church, Beloit (2 sessions).

National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference
Tunica, MS - Jan. 12-13.

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 16 & 30, Fisher Community Center, Hiawatha (2 sessions).

North Carolina Southern Cotton Growers/Southeastern Cotton Ginners Annual Meeting, Jan. 20-23, 2 pm, The Westin, Charlotte.

Louisiana 2010 Agricultural Outlook Conference: “Keeping
Louisiana Agriculture Competitive,"
Jan. 21, State Evacuation Facility, LSU AgCenter's Dean Lee REC, Alexandria.

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 9 & 23, Zion Lutheran Church, Beloit (2 sessions).

Kansas: `Keeping the Family Farming´ Workshop, Jan. 16 & 30, Fisher Community Center, Hiawatha (2 sessions).

Louisiana: 75th Annual Livestock Show Feb. 13-20. Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales.

RTWG (Rice Technical Working Group) 33rd Conference, Feb. 22-25, Biloxi, MS.

To list an event, contact Owen Taylor




Subsurface Drip Irrigation - If it works here, it will work anywhere

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (November 11, 2009) – "If we can make it work here, we can make it work everywhere," said Dr. Guy Fipps, Texas AgriLife Extension Service engineer in College Station.

Fipps was not singing about show biz in New York, New York. Instead, he was talking about subsurface drip irrigation for turf.

Fipps and Charles Swanson, AgriLife Extension associate-urban irrigation, have been testing several subsurface drip systems near the Medical School on the Texas A&M University campus since July 2008.

The test was originally designed to test subsurface systems in the area's heavy clay soils. But it turned out to be a test of the systems under drought conditions as well, Fipps said.

"At the beginning of the summer of 2008, we had 54 consecutive days without rain. From May 23 to Aug. 25 – 94 days – the site only experienced four days of significant rain," he said.

The drought made one thing very clear, Fipps said.

"During droughts, there's no doubt that you can't go greater than 1-foot spacing," he said.

Subsurface drip irrigation is being promoted by irrigation companies as a potentially water-saving alternative to conventional sprinkler systems.

"But the thing that is not well understood is how durable the drip irrigation is," he said. "That is, how long it will last under a typical landscape installation."

Several factors can affect the longevity of subsurface systems, including shrinkage and swelling of soils, and trash, particulates and minerals in the water, he said. Shrinkage and swelling of soils can damage drip tape and fittings. Trash and other foreign matter in the lines can clog the small holes or emitters. As the lines are typically buried 2 - 4 inches deep, repair can be expensive.

College Station was the ideal location for the test because the heavy clay soils shrink and expand a great deal as they dry out and become wet again, he said. Also, the local water supply contains a lot of particulates and minerals.

"In sandy soils, you won't have shrinkage and expanding as you do with clay soils," Fipps said. "Also, many areas in Texas have better water quality. And we had a drought this summer, as everyone knows."

Fipps and Swanson tested eight drip irrigation products at different spacings of the drip lines. They also compared all four systems with and without an installed back-flush feature. The back-flush feature allows one end of the line to be open and any trash and particulates purged.

"Typically, landscape installations do not include a back-flush system," Fipps said.

The tests included products made by four manufacturers: Bowsmith, Inc., Netafim, Toro and Roberts (Roberts is now John Deere Landscaping). Swish, Inc. and Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd. contributed drip fittings to the study, Swanson said.

"The products were installed in a 'square spacing,' which means that if the emitter spacing was 12 inches then the drip lines were installed 12 inches apart," Swanson said. "Flows for these products ranged from 0.17 gallons per hour to 0.53 gallons per hour."

The project consisted of two plots, each about one acre, with each plot divided into eight test sections. The layout on the two plots was the same, except the systems were equipped so they could be back-flushed and the others were not.

The visual differences were dramatic this summer, Swanson said. In the 18-inch and wider spacings, banding of green and browned-up grass could be seen.

"The reason that is significant is that you'll need a lot more drip tubing and that will be considerably more expensive, both in terms of material and installation," Fipps said.

As of late October, there have been no problems with emitters clogging or with tears in the tubing.

"However, it appears that during dry periods, if there is inadequate irrigation, the soil will shrink and compact around the drip tubing, thereby reducing and or preventing the free flow of water along the full length of the tubing," Fipps said. "After installation, we had problems with the drip tubing being pulled out of the fittings connecting it to the supply pipelines, which could have been caused by any combination of soil shrinkage and swelling, fluctuations in pressure and improper installation."

Fipps and his associates hope to continue the study for at least five years.