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Episode 20 – USDA Acreage Report and PGR BMPs

July 8, 2016

We're discussing the unexpected bump in acreage reflected in the USDA Acreage report, as well as PGR management with Tennessee Extension cotton specialist Tyson Raper.

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Episode 19 – Ginning Cost Sharing is Ginning Cost Caring

June 20, 2016

In Episode 19, Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman discuss the new USDA Cotton Ginning Cost-Share program, and visit with two members of the NCC Emerging Leaders program.

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Episode 18 – Another Potential Merger Pops Up

May 26, 2016

In the latest podcast, our editors discuss the potential Bayer/Monsanto merger, and Dr. Mike Buschermohle of the University of Tennessee provides his thoughts on how precision ag practices and tools can help cotton growers increase efficiency and save some money.

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Episode 17 – The #Plant16 Episode

May 6, 2016

Cotton Grower editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes examine crop progress and herbicide regulation as the planting season ramps up. Award-winning Texas Tech researcher Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar also joins in to talk about his work and the India cotton industry.

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Episode 16 – Cotton’s Politics

April 22, 2016

Reece Langley of the National Cotton Council joins Cotton Grower editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes to discuss all of cotton’s interests in the political arena – from the oilseed designation to the trouble in Turkey.

Episode 15 – On Raging Against the Machine

March 24, 2016

In the latest episode of The Cotton Companion, Cotton Grower editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss Chinese culpability in light of current cotton prices, plus reminisce on the 20th anniversary of Bollgard and the impact that technology continues to have on the cotton industry.

Episode 14 – Joe Curses the Volcano

March 15, 2016

Episode 14 includes the Cliff's Notes version of Joe Nicosia's economic update from the Mid-South Farm and Gin show, plus an interview with DuPont President Tim Glenn on what's in store for DuPont.

Episode 13 – In Conaway’s Own Words

February 26, 2016

You’ll find the latest cotton industry news – including House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway’s remarks to the NCC Annual Meeting – in the 13th episode of The Cotton Companion.

Episode 12 – Catching Up on the Oilseed Designation

February 16, 2016

Cotton Grower editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes recap all the news from the NCC Annual Meeting, and break down

Episode 11 – Take a Load Off, China?

January 29, 2016

Is China planning to offload a large portion of its cotton stocks? Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman discuss the possibilities and what it might mean for U.S. growers.

Episode 10 – Politics, Acreage and the Oilseed Designation

January 14, 2016

Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman battle some minor audio issues to recap the high points of the Beltwide Cotton Conferences and discuss whether U.S. cottonseed will receive a boost from USDA.

Episode 9 – Can Glyphosate Overcome Resistance?

December 22, 2015

Business mergers, cotton politics and Monsanto's plans to overcome glyphosate resistance. You'll find them all in the latest edition of The Cotton Companion podcast.

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Episode 32 – Conaway and Perdue Weigh In On the Farm Bill

October 26, 2017

The Cotton Companion #32 examines dicamba label changes, BASF’s likely move into cotton seed, and the Beltwide Conferences - plus recent comments from Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding the farm bill and hurricane relief in Texas.

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Episode 31 – More on Dicamba, Storms vs USDA

September 22, 2017

The dicamba saga continues, while USDA seems to be ignoring Harvey, Irma and other storms' impact on cotton. Episode 31 of The Cotton Companion covers these topics and more, including an interview with Tennessee Weed Specialist Dr. Larry Steckel.

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Episode 30: USDA Surprises & Dicamba Findings

August 18, 2017

In this episode of The Cotton Companion, Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman discuss the stunning U.S. production forecast from USDA and visit with Dr. Jason Norsworthy about some of the findings of a summer’s worth of field research on dicamba in Arkansas.

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Episode 29 – Cotton Calls on Trump for Help; States Regulate Dicamba

July 21, 2017

More than 100 federal legislators recently signed letters to President Trump calling for relief for the cotton industry. Cotton Grower editors talk with Reece Langley, NCC Vice President, Washington Operations, about what this means for the cottonseed designation, ginning cost-share, and a host of other issues. We’ll also examine the whirlwind of Mid-South state regulations for dicamba.

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Episode 28 – Dicamba Updates and USDA Acreage Report

July 15, 2017

In the latest episode of the Cotton Companion, Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman discuss USDA's somewhat befuddling Acreage Report, as well as lingering dicamba issues in the Mid-South.

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Episode 27 – Dicamba in the Mid-South and Beyond

June 22, 2017

In this episode of The Cotton Companion, Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman take a look at newly-reported issues regarding dicamba drift in the Mid-South.

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Episode 26 – Are Prices Surging Too Quickly?

May 23, 2017

The Cotton Companion returns for #Plant17. We’ll talk WASDE, crop progress, and bring in Dr. O.A. Cleveland to examine this dizzying cotton market.

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Episode 25 – Industry Reacts to EPA’s XtendiMax Approval

December 2, 2016

Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman examine the industry’s response to EPA’s approval of Monsanto’s XtendiMax herbicide, including possible new guidelines from Mid-South Plant Boards.

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Episode 24 – Dicamba Registration Finally Comes Through

November 14, 2016

Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman talk about EPA’s approval of Monsanto’s dicamba herbicide brand, as well as crop progress and an update on pending corporate mergers.

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Episode 23 – How Could Bayer/Monsanto Impact U.S. Cotton?

September 19, 2016

In the latest episode of The Cotton Companion, Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman examine a flurry of breaking news in cotton, headlined by the announced merger of Bayer and Monsanto.

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Episode 22 – How Should You Respond to this Market Movement?

August 23, 2016

In the latest Cotton Companion podcast, Dr. O.A. Cleveland joins Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman to discuss what growers should do about recent shifts in the cotton market.