​​State-Wide and Beltwide Cotton Issues​

December 2018 | 25 min., 05 sec.
by Gaylon D. Morgan
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

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​Morgan provides an overview of cotton acreage, yield trends, and adoption of herbicide-tolerant traits in Texas and across the Cotton Belt. Additionally, he addresses the challenges that occurred in 2018 and the potential concerns for pest and nutrient management in Texas. Finally, he considers plastic contamination: an issue that has the potential to reduce market opportunities for U.S. cotton and will directly affect cotton prices for bales classed as an Extraneous Matter code 71 or 72. Nearly three-quarters of all the plastic found in the 2017 classed samples were yellow or pink plastic and were attributed to the round modules. Minimizing plastic contamination in U.S. cotton must be addressed at the grower and ginner levels. Identifying ways to identify and remove plastic from the gin is a major research priority by National Cotton Council, Cotton, Inc., the USDA, and university scientists.

About the Presenter

Gaylon D. MorganGaylon D. 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, management practices related to fiber quality, conservation tillage, and precision agriculture.

Contact Information:
Email: gdmorgan@tamu.edu


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