“All the land is non-irrigated,” he says. “Altogether, I have probably 40 fields; the largest is about 92 acres, and from there they range all the way down to a few acres. But, a lot of the fields are contiguous along Hwy. 366, all the way to the Alabama line, about six miles. I don’t have to do a lot of equipment movement.”

Most of Moody’s acreage this year is planted to Phytogen 375 WRF, a WideStrike, Genuity, Roundup Ready, Flex variety.

“I’ve planted this cotton for the past three to five years,” he says, “and have been very pleased with it, both from a yield and grade standpoint. My rep, Joe Camp at Mantachie, Miss., also got a few bags of their 499 WRF for me to try; it’s doing really well so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out. I’ve also got some Deltapine 0912 B2RF.”

Last year, his average across all fields was 820 pounds and, he says, “I’m hoping to do as well or better this year, if we can get some timely rains. We’ve been fortunate to this point to get enough rain to keep plants from doing much shedding.

“On my best farm, good bottomland, I have a 920 pound average; on the upland fields, yields will run 650 pounds to 750 pounds.

“I’ve been all no-till since 1995 for cotton. The only time I’ll go in and level fields is if they were rutted up during fall harvesting. Over the years, I’ve kept terraces up, and since I’ve gone to no-till, there’s almost no erosion on any of the land.”

He tries to burn down in March with Roundup and Clarity, then puts down Cotoran behind the planter. Depending on the year and situation, he uses Diuron or Diurex as a full-season direct spray.

“With these Flex varieties, I just spray Roundup for any cleanup that’s needed,” Moody says. “Thus far, we haven’t had much of a problem with resistant weeds — some marestail — but the way resistant pigweed is spreading elsewhere, we probably will have some showing up sooner or later.

“The soils here tend to be a bit on the cool side in the spring, so I’ll usually try and plant in the April 25-May 15 window. I was about six to eight days late this year due to all the early rains, but with all the hot days we’ve had I think the cotton has pretty much made up that time. It’s at four to five nodes above white flower right now (July 27).”

He pulls soil samples almost every year and applies organic fertilizer (chicken litter). Based on soil sample results, potash and phosphate are added as needed.

“I’ve made three applications of Pix so far this season,” Moody says, “and I’m hoping that will hold things until harvest. In some spots, I’ve applied as much as 40 oz., but the average is about 20 oz. Although the specialists say there is no yield benefit from Pix, I’ve always felt I picked better cotton if the plants weren’t rank.

“I’ll use Finish or Def/Folex as a defoliant, generally depending on which has the best price, and etephon as a boll opener.”