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Beck Barnes

Beck Barnes
Barnes is Editor/Publisher for Cotton Grower magazine. He joined the publication staff in May 2008. Beck Barnes 2015 Web(3)
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Southwest Cotton Producers to Visit Georgia on P.I.E. Tour

July 24, 2017

Eleven Southwest cotton producers will visit farming operations in Georgia the week of July 30 as part of the NCC’s 2017 Producer Information Exchange Program.

Ginning

Ginners School Presentations Now Online

July 24, 2017

Six educational presentations from the Ginners School in Stoneville, MS are now available through the Focus on Cotton online series from the Plant Management Network and Cotton Incorporated.

Market Analysis

December Futures Prices? Ask Mother Nature.

July 23, 2017

Opinions differ on where December futures prices may go. But there’s no doubt that Mother Nature holds the key to forthcoming price activity.

Companion

Episode 29 – Cotton Calls on Trump for Help; States Regulate Dicamba

July 21, 2017

More than 100 federal legislators recently signed letters to President Trump calling for relief for the cotton industry. Cotton Grower editors talk with Reece Langley, NCC Vice President, Washington Operations, about what this means for the cottonseed designation, ginning cost-share, and a host of other issues. We’ll also examine the whirlwind of Mid-South state regulations for dicamba.

News

Cottonseed Provisions Part of FY18 Ag Appropriations Bill

July 20, 2017

Several key cottonseed policy provisions are included in the FY18 Agriculture Appropriations bill approved July 20.

News

New Webcast Targets Resistant Ragweed Management

July 19, 2017

A new webcast on effective management of herbicide-resistant common ragweed has been added to the Focus on Cotton online series from the Plant Management Network and Cotton Incorporated.

News

Congress Urges Action on Economic Program for Cotton Producers

July 19, 2017

A bipartisan block of 135 Senators and Representatives are urging support, through USDA, to operate the Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program on a continuing basis, beginning with the 2016 crop year.

Insect Control

How Aggressive Should Bollworm Treatments Be?

July 18, 2017

Mississippi State entomologists offer bollworm treatment suggestions based on what has been seen in fields to date and the Bt technologies used.

Opinion

No One Reason for “Frustrating” Dicamba Issue

July 18, 2017

Tennessee Weed Specialist Larry Steckel has walked hundreds of drift-damaged soybean fields in the past few weeks. He shares some opinions about possible reasons for the problem.

Companion

Episode 28 – Dicamba Updates and USDA Acreage Report

July 15, 2017

In the latest episode of the Cotton Companion, Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman discuss USDA's somewhat befuddling Acreage Report, as well as lingering dicamba issues in the Mid-South.

Market Analysis

With Market Oversold, Is Bullish Return Near?

July 14, 2017

The cotton invert continues, as both the U.S. and Australian crops are oversold.

Insect Control

Bollworms Attack Some Texas Cotton, Sorghum

July 14, 2017

Bollworm damage to cotton and grain sorghum is ramping up across parts of Texas.

Market Analysis

Shurley: Prices Continue to Flounder in Lower Range

July 14, 2017

The July USDA crop production and supply and demand estimates report was not bad, but prices continue to show no improvement.

News

Missouri Lifts Dicamba Ban, Tightens Application Rules

July 14, 2017

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has lifted its ban on new dicamba formulations after developing Special Local Need labels and restrictions for their use.

International

International Cotton Leader Showcases Innovations

July 12, 2017

Cotton Incorporated’s Kater Hake urged India producers to find new applications and functionalities for cotton and textile production.