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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Crop Inputs

BASF Expands Grow Smart Program

August 31, 2015

For Valdosta, GA, farmer Randy Dowdy, row crop production is an exercise in open-mindedness. The corn, soybean and cotton producer

International

China ELS Crop Could Triple

August 31, 2015

China’s production of extra-long staple cotton for 2015/16 could be three times the size of last year’s crop, thanks to new incentive programs tied to market prices.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: “Pickable” Bolls Unlikely from Late Texas Blooms

August 31, 2015

The time has passed to expect any of today’s blooms to make a “pickable” boll on the High Plains. While I hope every single one of them will be picked, do not expect many to make it to the basket.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: Where Does This Wild Season Go From Here?

August 27, 2015

Cotton’s wild ride continues, thanks to a constant barrage of economic and policy forces.

Disease Control / Nematodes

Solving the Nematode Puzzle

August 27, 2015

Growers and consultants in Georgia are finding ways to help boost yields and profits in nematode-infested fields.

Harvest

Key Considerations for Cotton Defoliation

August 27, 2015

With the 2015 cotton crop quickly winding down, it’s time for growers to be making their defoliation plans.

Weed Control

Cover Crop Considerations for This Fall

August 26, 2015

Growers should plan now for fall cover crops to help improve control of herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth in next year's row crops.

International

First Estimate of New Season Indian Cotton Crop Released

August 25, 2015

The Indian cotton crop for the new season beginning this October is estimated to be 38 million bales (170 kilograms each).

Harvest

Preserving Fiber Quality Should Drive Defoliation Decisions

August 25, 2015

When making defoliation plans, there is more economic incentive for growers to maintain fiber quality when cotton prices are low versus when cotton prices are higher.

Companion

Cotton Companion Episode 4 – Talking Nematodes and Weed Control

August 24, 2015

Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman discuss how Georgia farmers are winning the war against nematodes. Plus, get

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Amid Turmoil, Quality Still Drives the Market

August 24, 2015

Cotton had a remarkably positive week, considering its gains in the wake of a global meltdown of commodities and equities.