​​Factors Contributing to Higher Cotton Leaf Grade Values

November 2014 | 17 min., 22 sec.
by Gaylon Morgan
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

Summary

​This presentation will help consultants, growers, and other practitioners throughout the Cotton Belt to identify factors contributing to higher cotton leaf grade values. However, most of the data presented will focus on research trials and experiences from Southern Texas. Cotton fiber quality has become much important to the U.S. cotton industry in the past 10-15 years as more and more of our cotton is competing in the export market. Contamination of the cotton lint by leaf and bract material, quantified as leaf grade value by the HVI analysis, is one fiber quality measurement where the U.S. cotton producers are receiving significant price discounts. This presentation will discuss the factors contributing to higher leaf grade values in cotton and recommendations for minimizing cotton leaf grade values. 

About the Presenter

Gaylon MorganGaylon Morgan received a BS and a MS degree in Agronomy from Texas A&M University in 1996 and 1998, respectively. In 2001, he earned a PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a major in Horticulture and a minor in Plant Pathology. Dr. Morgan was an Assistant Professor and Systems Agronomist at the University of Tennessee until 2003. Gaylon joined the faculty at Texas A&M University as an Assistant Professor and State Extension Small Grains Specialist in 2003 and remained in this position through 2009. In 2009, Gaylon was selected as the State Extension Cotton Agronomist and remains in this position. His responsibilities include the development of educational outreach programs and applied research for cotton. The focus of Dr. Morgan’s extension programs is to provide timely dissemination of educational information to the clientele of Texas. Area of research interests includes investigation of cotton varieties, crop protection products, soil fertility, conservation tillage, and precision agriculture.​

Contact Information:
Email: gmorgan@ag.tamu.edu

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