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.

Latest News

Market Analysis

Plexus: Slight Upward Bias in a Sideways Market

December 19, 2014

The market appears to be holding in a sideways to slightly higher range between 59 and 63 cents. But don’t rule out spikes to higher levels on spec short covering.

News

Sanders Acquires Gillett Grain Services

December 19, 2014

Jimmy Sanders Incorporated – a subsidiary of Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC – has acquired Gillett Grain Services, Inc., located in Gillett, AR.

News

Promising Start to BCI Sustainability Project in U.S.

December 19, 2014

Twenty-two farms in four states produced more than 26 million pounds of cotton lint in the first year of a pilot project in the U.S. by the Better Cotton Initiative.

News

Empire of Cotton

December 18, 2014

A new book highlights the historical ties between the cotton industry and the rise of modern capitalism.

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.