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 Struggle as New Round of Weakness Sets In

January 26, 2015

For the fourth time since last spring, prices have again failed to hold support as new negative forces overtake the market. The decline in prices is concerning, but is offset somewhat by a strong basis and premiums for quality and an increasing LDP/MLG.

Market Analysis

Market Struggles with Black Swans and Bears

January 26, 2015

Although the bears have finally pulled prices into the 50s, the ability of old crop cotton to hold near the 60 cent level is phenomenal, given the current “Black Swan” financial market.

News

How to Incorporate Biocontrols Into a Pest Management Program

January 26, 2015

Crafting a “softer” pest management program for your cotton fields is likely in your future – if it’s not here already.

Market Analysis

Plexus: Get Ready for a Few Weeks of Volatility

January 23, 2015

While the market situation for U.S. cotton may seem friendly, it is being overshadowed by the negative outlook for commodities stemming from a strong dollar, lower economic growth and fears of another financial meltdown.

Seed Varieties

Final 2014 Mississippi On-Farm Variety Data Now Online

January 22, 2015

Final data for the 2014 Mississippi State University on-farm cotton variety trials is now available online.

Insect Control

New Mid-South Insect Control Guides Now Available

January 22, 2015

Insect control guides for 2015 are now available from the University of Tennessee and from Mississippi State University.

Opinion

Unraveling the Common Thread

January 22, 2015

Cotton Grower is launching an initiative to showcase a broader view of the cotton industry.

Cotton Production

University of Georgia Sets PGR Requirements for 2015

January 22, 2015

The University of Georgia has updated its plant growth regulator requirements for cotton varieties for 2015.

Product News

Bollgard II XtendFlex Cotton Poised for Limited Introduction

January 21, 2015

A limited introduction of Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton varieties is planned for the 2015 planting season through Deltapine and select licensees.

Precision Technology

Precision Seeding Can Increase Efficiencies and Savings

January 21, 2015

It’s time to add seeding to the list of on-farm precision operations.

Achievement

Cotton’s Humble Advocate

January 20, 2015

2014 Cotton Achievement Award winner Jimmy Dodson is one of American cotton’s most outspoken supporters.