The 1998 University of Arizona Cotton Report represents a collection of articles
reporting on research progress regarding cotton production systems from The
University of Arizona, USDA-ARS, and industry researchers. Results are
provided from a multitude of research projects conducted at various locations
across the cotton growing areas of Arizona. This information commonly provides
the basis from which Extension education programs are modified and/or
developed, to maintain timeliness and accuracy, for dissemination in the State and
The cotton industry in Arizona and the desert Southwest faces many challenges at
the time of this publication. The most significant challenges are commonly
viewed as the economic pressures many growers are experiencing in relation to
recent low market values for cotton lint and rather high costs of production,
relative to Beltwide averages. Therefore, cotton farms in Arizona are
simultaneously striving for high yields and high levels of production efficiency.
To this end, the appropriate use of technology is very important. Having access to
good information is critical for the integration of all crop management tools that
are available to a modern cotton farmer.
The challenges are significant and the College of Agriculture from the University
of Arizona recognizes its responsibility, as a part of the Land Grant Institution in
the State to contribute to the technological and educational needs of the people
and important industries, such as the cotton industry. This publication and the
efforts of the many scientists associated with it, represent one facet of the
University of Arizona's commitment to this cause.
Vice Provost and Dean
College of Agriculture
The 1998 University of Arizona Cotton Report is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Roy
S. Rauschkolb and Mr. Sam Stedman.
Roy Rauschkolb died on 19 December 1997 after serving The
University of Arizona for
24 years. During his tenure with the UA Roy served in many capacities including a
state specialist, the Director of Extension, and the Resident Head and Director of
the Maricopa, Yuma, and Citrus Agricultural Centers. Roy had a very positive impact
on research and extension education programs in Arizona based on his vision and his
Sam Stedman died on 29 January. Sam served the UA for 32 years as an Extension
Agricultural Agent and Director (22 years) of Pinal County Cooperative Extension. Sam
always served as a strong advocate for the research and extension needs of Pinal
County and the importance of delivering functional programs and practical information
to the agricultural community. Sam was pretty darned handy with a shotgun too.
All of us working in cotton research and extension programs in Arizona will miss Roy
and Sam. Both Roy and Sam were very dedicated to their work and the people they
served. They were both good friends and colleagues. We will truly miss them.