Jim Steadman

Jim Steadman is Field and Online Editor for Cotton Grower magazine. He has spent more than 35 years in agricultural writing and marketing.
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Stephens to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2016

February 8, 2016

Shane Stephens of Greenwood, MS, has been elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2016.

News

NCC: Another Challenging Year for U.S. Cotton

February 8, 2016

National Cotton Council economists say that low cotton prices, ample global stocks and uncertainties about global mill cotton use will make 2016 another challenging year for the U.S. cotton industry.

Promotion

Lucas to Head Cotton Council International for 2016

February 8, 2016

Keith Lucas, a cooperative official from Garner, NC, will serve as president of Cotton Council International for 2016.

Production Outlook / Acreage

NCC Survey Predicts 9.1 Million U.S. Cotton Acres in 2016

February 7, 2016

U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 9.1 million cotton acres this spring, according to the National Cotton Council’s 35th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Bullish Reports, Bearish Responses

February 7, 2016

Absence of demand for cotton, among other factors, is sending mixed signals to the market.

Insect Control

Options for Tarnished Plant Bug IPM Programs

February 5, 2016

With the availability of Transform in question for 2016, Mississippi State Extension specialists and researchers have developed two IPM programs for management of tarnished plant bugs.

News

NCC Praises Move to Reinstate Commodity Marketing Certificates

February 4, 2016

USDA earned the thanks of the U.S. cotton industry by announcing the implementation and availability of commodity marketing certificates as part of the Marketing Loan Program.

Weed Control

How to Manage PPO Resistant Pigweed in Cotton

February 4, 2016

Mississippi State Extension specialists say managing Palmer amaranth with multiple resistance to glyphosate, ALS and PPO herbicides will be complicated, but not impossible.

Planting

Clemson: Focus on Insect Management, Proper Variety Selection

February 4, 2016

Clemson Extension specialists point to insect management and proper variety selection as keys to help SC cotton producers grow more profitable crops in 2016.

News

Oilseed Designation for Cottonseed Stymied; Industry Responds

February 3, 2016

According to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, USDA lawyers have determined the department does not have the authority to declare cottonseed an oilseed, prompting swift responses from the NCC and the House Agriculture Committee.

News

Syngenta Agrees to Buyout by ChemChina

February 3, 2016

ChemChina is acquiring Syngenta in a $43 billion cash offer.