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2010 – An End Of Season Review print email

Reynold Minsky
Minsky Consulting Services, Inc.
Lake Providence, La.

I was born and raised in Lake Providence, La., and have consulted in this area since 1949. Today, having had a consulting license since 1954, I operate here in the northeastern part of the state as Minsky Consulting Services, Inc. Now that the 2010 harvest season is over, we can look back and put into perspective things that we could have done better.

We started the year with a good stand and plenty of moisture. We planted timely and had relatively clean fields. With cotton acres down so much, we didn’t have to worry about putting our cotton in fields that were not suitable to grow cotton.

Variety selection seemed to be rather difficult as we were dealing with costly new varieties and not a lot of proven yields. The Deltapine folks were recommending DP 0949 B2RF for most soils. The Stoneville guys were suggesting ST 4554B2RF and ST 5288B2F, and the PhytoGen people’s choices were PHY 485 WRF and PHY 375 WRF.

My advice was to try some of each of the different varieties. We ended up planting 50 percent Stoneville 5288 with some 4554 and 10 percent PhytoGen 480 or 375 and 40 percent DP 0949. We also looked at field trials of all Deltapine varieties, as well as Stoneville Liberty Link and conventional variety trials as well.

I was either very wise or lucky in my recommendations, as our Stoneville cotton varieties averaged 1,200 to 1,500 pounds per acre, and the grades were all about the same. I found by leaving the ST 5288B2F long enough to let the top bolls open, our mic was around 4.9 as compared to earlier defoliation where the mic was 5.1 to 5.5. We had felt compelled to defoliate some fields earlier because of boll rot, which means I found myself in a Catch 22 situation at times. When boll rot was present due to irrigating too late or receiving too much rain, this caused me to call for defoliation before the top bolls were ready. I have always known that mic is affected by hot, dry weather, and we weren’t able to let the top bolls mature enough to put them in the basket.

This year was an excellent example of needing to pick the entire plant as far as mic was concerned. All of the grades were great due to no inclement weather, except for high mic in some cases.

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• B.S. in Horticulture, with a minor in Entomology – LSU
• Served on the Board of Directors of Louisiana Farm
  Bureau from 1983-2001
• Member of NAICC and LACA
• Executive director of the Mississippi Valley Flood
  Control Association in Memphis, Tenn.
• President of the 5th Louisiana Levee District since
  1995 and has served on the Board since 1983
• President of Minsky Pecan Market, Inc.
• A deacon in the First Baptist Church of Lake Providence
• Married to Carleen French and has three children and
  two stepchildren
• Enjoys snow skiing, hunting and is an avid LSU
  sports fan

2010 – An End Of Season Review


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