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- All four Cotton Belt regions — Far West, Southwest, Mid-South, and Southeast — cite water and pest control in the top three “top-of-mind concerns.”
Other issues farmers listed as concerns included inadequate information going to the general public about supporting U.S. cotton farmers and government programs, especially regarding crop insurance and a safety net.
Growers said inputs have increased to the point that initial investment and risk exposure are too great. They also cited the loss of Temik as a severe blow to effective nematode control.
Hake said Cotton Incorporated with use the survey to improve agricultural research efforts. He cited 2012 initiatives which include input cost reduction at the top of the list. Other initiatives include: herbicide resistant weeds and early season weed control; variety selection, and drought and heat tolerance and water management.