By Don Molino, The Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network
Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Dr. Mike Stain, quoting an article in Southeast Farm Press about research conducted by Clemson University, says cotton nutrient management technology shows a savings of $54 per acre.
"Or put another way, an increased profit of $54 per acre using the new management technology developed at Clemson," said Strain.
South Carolina plants about a much cotton as Louisiana, roughly 180,000 to 200,000 acres per season.
"For instance," Stain continued, "automated tillage technology reduces fuel usage by near one-half on the soil tillage needed to protect row crop yields. And just 5% in spray reduction on 180,000 acres of cotton would put an additional $420,000 in the pocket of the farmer."