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From the Editors of
Southwest Farm Press Daily
In this November 8, 2011 Issue:

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Texas Pecans: High demand, short supply

Logan Hawkes
Pecan growers, shellers and nut brokers are warning consumers high demand and short supply will drive retail prices this holiday season, a problem compounded by an escalating Chinese demand for U.S. pecan exports that has the industry scrambling to think outside of the box –or in this case—the shell.
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Simplify refuge with Optimum® AcreMax® 1 insect protection
Pioneer was first to offer growers a simple, one-product-per-field option for corn rootworm refuge management: Optimum® AcreMax®1 insect protection. It lets you plant a field without stopping, then plant the required corn borer refuge in a separate field up to half a mile away. Simple.

Two seemingly unrelated events closely connected

Ron Smith
Two singularly unique and remarkably important events occurred last week, which, at first glance, may seem to be unrelated but, on closer consideration, are intimately connected.
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Growers who make the right choice become big fans. It’s easy to see why with the performance of PhytoGen® cottonseed. PhytoGen varieties deliver strong emergence and excellent vigoracross a range of conditions. The result: high yield and high quality, yearafter year. Learn more at PhytoGenYields.com.

USDA Farm Service Agency reminds producers of livestock disaster program deadlines

Cassie Bable, USDA-FSA
USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director, James B. Douglass reminds eligible ranchers and livestock producers who had livestock losses or grazing losses during the 2011 crop year that the deadline for applying for benefits under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) is Jan. 30, 2012.
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Cotton the sci-fi fabric of the future

Farhan Nuruzzaman, Cornell University
Smarter, more functional clothing incorporating electronics may be possible in the near future, according to a study co-authored by Cornell fiber scientist Juan Hinestroza.
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From the Field
Cotton Photo Contest: Vote for your favorite
Vote for your favorite cotton photo!! Voting begins November 2, 2011 and will end at 5 PM CST November 9, 2011.
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CE Courses
Utilizing Potassium Nitrate as a Specialty Plant Nutritional Product that Protects Against Disease Organisms and Plant Stresses
Potassium nitrate has a positive effect in controlling plant pests and diseases when applied as an additive to crop protection agrochemicals. This course also has a section on the role of nutrients in IPM.
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New Mode of Action Chemistry for Vegetable Production
Integration of a new mode of action compound like Coragen into IPM and IRM programs to control Lepidoptera in leafy greens, fruiting vegetables, peppers and brassica or cole crops is always welcome.
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