Farmers meet in Jackson for Cotton Focus program

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JACKSON, Tenn. — Even with the frigid temperatures, cotton producers are learning ways to make their crops more profitable and less costly. With planting season just more than two months away, growers and industry professionals came to Jackson Thursday for a Cotton Focus program dealing with weed, insect, disease and a number of other beneficial issues. Attendees also got a look ahead at the 2015 cotton market outlook. “To help them better place varieties, to understand how best to use insecticides, understand the end goal here — marketing — and how to position themselves in this market,” said Tyson Raper, cotton and small grains specialist with UT Agriculture. In the Mid-South, a growers survey showed farmers should plant 1.1 million acres, a decrease of 26 percent from 2014.

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