Beck Barnes

Barnes is the senior editor for Cotton Grower magazine. In addition to writing for the magazine, he assists in online content production and in event production. He joined the Cotton Grower staff in May 2008.
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Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: Prices Steady, But Tempting Downside Support

May 27, 2015

Amid the volatility and unknowns of the cotton market, this much we know – cotton production in 2015 will require patience, a clear understanding of the risks and careful evaluation of marketing tools and choices.

News

USDA Issues Preliminary Deregulation Documents for Enlist Cotton

May 26, 2015

USDA is seeking comments on preliminary documents relating to pending deregulation of Enlist cotton from Dow AgroSciences.

Market Analysis

Weather Worries Put Cotton Market on the Defensive

May 26, 2015

The cotton market found itself on the defensive this past week, as weather issues in all cotton-producing countries helped drive the dollar higher and prices lower.

Market Analysis

Plexus: Look for Tight, Long-Term Trading Range

May 22, 2015

The market has encountered both strong support and resistance to keep prices confined to narrow trading ranges for both July and December cotton.

Common Thread

CCI Continues to Successfully Build Global Demand for U.S. Cotton

May 18, 2015

After nearly 60 years, Cotton Council International keeps on building demand for U.S. cotton around the world.

Insect Control

Dates Confirmed for Tennessee and Arkansas Scout Schools

May 18, 2015

The University of Tennessee and the University of Arkansas have confirmed dates for each state’s upcoming cotton scout schools.

Market Analysis

Despite Bearish Reports, Cotton Continues to Hold the Higher Ground

May 16, 2015

The cotton market continues to defy the onslaught of bearish shots across its bow.

News

Cotton LEADS Adds New Partners, Updates Program Achievements

May 15, 2015

HanesBrands, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Kohl’s and Life Is Good are the newest additions to the partner list for the Cotton LEADS program.

Seed Varieties

Bollgard II XtendFlex Brings More Options to the Field

May 15, 2015

Cotton growers entered the 2015 season with a new option in the battle against glyphosate-resistant pigweed.

News

Focus on Cotton Series Adds SeedMatrix Tutorial

May 14, 2015

A new tutorial webcast detailing the features and use of SeedMatrix, a web-based software program that provides objective comparison information about cotton variety performance, is now available as part of the Focus on Cotton webinar series.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: No Surprises in May USDA Numbers, Sideways Market Continues

May 13, 2015

USDA’s May WASDE report contains the first U.S. and World estimates for the 2015 crop year, and the numbers are about as expected – some better than expected.