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Sustainable Cotton Production for the Humid South


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By Preston Sullivan and Rex Dufour

Published: 2010

Updated: 2010



60 pages

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This publication focuses on cotton production systems that use crop rotation, no-till, cover cropping, habitat for beneficial organisms, and other sustainable practices to conserve profitability over the long term. Financial and information resources that will help farmers implement these sustainable practices are highlighted.

Table of Contents

  • Sustainability and Why It Is Important for Cotton Farmers

  • Soils: Build Your Capital

    • The Economic Case for Good Soil Management

    • Taking Advantage of "Solar" Fertilizers (Legumes)

    • Economic Advantages of No-Till

    • Carbon Markets and Government Incentive Programs

    • Crop Rotations: Diversify Your Portfolio

    • Soil Moisture Management: Drought Resistance

      • Irrigation

  • Cotton Pest Management: Protect Your Investment

    • IPM for Cotton

    • Weeds

    • Insect Management

    • A Word About Non-Transgenic Refuges

    • Economic Thresholds and Biological Control

    • Beneficial Insects

      • Cover Crops and No-Till for Conserving Beneficials

      • Trap Cropping for Pests & Conserving Beneficial Insects

      • Insectary Plants

      • Intercropping

      • Pesticide Effects on Beneficial Insects

    • Pest-Management Decision Tools

    • Nematodes

    • Cotton Diseases

  • Creating the Market for Sustainable Cotton

  • Checklists of Sustainable Practices for Cotton Producers

  • Cotton Information Resources

    • Financial Assistance

    • Carbon Trading/Environmental Impact

    • Cotton Marketing

    • Production Systems/Pest Control

    • Sales/Green Marketing

  • References

  • Using Bats to Help Manage Pest Insect

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