Dr. O. A. Cleveland

Cleveland is a Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural Economics, Mississippi State University.

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Market Analysis

Sleepy Market Hiding Potential Volatility

October 20, 2014

Cotton trading remains locked in a rather wide ten cent trading channel, but actively trading only a four cent band around 63 cents – 61 to 65 cents, that is. In other words, maybe we are being lulled to sleep.

Raising More Profit

Keep an Eye on Profitability When Choosing Cotton Varieties

October 17, 2014

Harvest is the right time for growers to spend a little time thinking about variety selection for next season, with an eye on profitability.

Market Analysis

Plexus: Market on Firm Footing Through Harvest

October 17, 2014

December prices should remain on firm footing until the bulk of the U.S. crop has been harvested and the quality is known. But the massive global inventory probably means a sideways-to-lower market going forward.

News

USDA Announces Measures to Help Farmers Diversify Weed Control Efforts

October 16, 2014

USDA has announced several new steps to help address the increase of herbicide resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems.

International

Jordan Lea Elected ICA President

October 16, 2014

Jordan Lea, chairman of Eastern Trading Company in Greenville, SC, has been elected 2014/15 president of the International Cotton Association.

News

Will Farm Bill Delay Impact 2015 Cotton Planting?

October 16, 2014

Delays in implementing a provision of the 2014 Farm Bill may force growers in Texas, Georgia and other states plagued by years of drought to plant fewer acres of cotton that they would like in 2015.

News

STAX & SCO Information Released by USDA

October 11, 2014

Premium rates and expected area-wide yields for the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) and the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) are now available online.

Market Analysis

Demand for Quality Cotton Keeps Market Positive

October 11, 2014

The market spent most of the week in positive territory, as its ability to close higher continues to voice the immediate need for quality cotton.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: Fragile Market Shows Improvement, Outlook Still Cautious

October 11, 2014

After recently falling to the 61-cent level, prices have made a modest, but still welcomed, recovery.

Raising More Profit

Managing Pigweed Costs – Start Clean, Treat Early, Stay Focused

October 10, 2014

To put the full impact of pigweed infestation in cotton into perspective, it helps to take a 10,000 foot view of the situation. The numbers are astounding, but not pretty.

Harvest

Storms Shred Thousands of Cotton Acres in Arkansas

October 9, 2014

To date, Mother Nature has blessed the latter part of the cotton season – including early harvest – with favorable weather. Occasionally, however, her angry side does appear.   Violent storms containing golf ball-sized hail ravaged nearly 10,000 acres of