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.

Latest News

Planting

2015 Tennessee Cotton Variety Guide Available Online

December 16, 2014

The 2015 Tennessee Cotton Variety Guide is now available online.

Planting

2014 Mississippi Small Plot Trial Data Now Available

December 15, 2014

Data from the 2014 Mississippi Small Plot Cotton Official Variety Trial is now available through Mississippi State University.

Market Analysis

Market Bumps Up on News of Smaller U.S. Crop Numbers

December 15, 2014

USDA’s lower projections for U.S. cotton production should strengthen the current global demand shift in favor of U.S. cotton. The implication is a relative higher price.

News

USDA Posts Final EIS for Monsanto Dicamba-Tolerant Cotton and Soybeans

December 15, 2014

USDA has posted its final Environmental Impact Statement for Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean varieties in the Federal Register, beginning a 30-day review period before the agency publishes its final decision on deregulation of these varieties.

Opinion

The True Value of Cotton LEADS

December 14, 2014

“If you don’t tell your own story, somebody out there is going to tell it for you,” a Texas farmer told me. “And they won’t always tell it correctly.”

News

NCC Schedules STAX/Farm Bill Webinars

December 12, 2014

As a follow-up to the Stacked Income Protection Plan/Farm Bill workshops conducted over the past month, the National Cotton Council is hosting four regional information webinars on December 17 and 18.

News

Production Estimates Down, Exports Steady Says USDA

December 11, 2014

Based on information contained in USDA’s December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, U.S. cotton production is down slightly over earlier projections, while export numbers remain unchanged.

News

Texas Entomologists Watching “Crazy” New Pest

December 10, 2014

Texas Extension entomologists are keeping an eye on the movements of the tawny crazy ant, a relative newcomer to the state that could potentially cause some serious headaches for row crop producers.

Cotton Production

High Quality Cotton Pays Off for the U.S.

December 10, 2014

It’s time to face facts. Quality cotton – especially U.S. high quality cotton – is now driving world demand.

International

Port Problems Choking U.S. Cotton Exports

December 9, 2014

Congestion and labor issues at major West Coast ports are threatening the timely delivery of U.S. cotton to China ahead of a key deadline for imports to arrive.

Raising More Profit

Seed Treatments Provide Protection for Fast Starts – and Profitability

December 8, 2014

With the loss of tried and true in-furrow products, cotton growers have embraced seed treatments as their best insurance to help their crops get off to a good start.