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
International

India Moves to Stabilize Their Cotton Market

January 29, 2015

The recent move by Cotton Corporation of India to release 5,100 bales from its stock should help stabilize the cotton price this season.

News

New Webcasts Focus on Ways to Maximize Cotton Quality

January 29, 2015

Two new webcasts focusing on maximizing cotton quality have been added to the Focus on Cotton online webcast resource.

News

Math and Science Grants Available through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education

January 29, 2015

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is offering $2.3 million in math or science grants to public school districts in rural communities to help prepare their students for future academic and career success.

International

Jamaica Looking to Rebuild Sea Island Cotton Industry

January 28, 2015

Considering today’s cotton market, it’s heartening to find a cotton-producing region that’s actively working to expand production.

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.