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Episode 8 – Talking Cotton Varieties for 2016

November 30, 2015

In the latest podcast episode, Cotton Grower editors discuss what's new in varieties for 2016 from the major cottonseed companies.

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Episode 7 – When You Go to New Orleans

November 18, 2015

In the latest edition of The Cotton Companion podcast, Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman discuss the upcoming Beltwide Cotton Conferences with Bill Robertson, and one listener Texts an Expert about economical weed control.

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Cotton Companion Episode 6 – Making Quality Cotton Pay Off for the U.S.

October 7, 2015

U.S. cotton growers have been providing the world with quality cotton for years. In the latest episode of The Cotton

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Cotton Companion Episode 5 – Football Season and Cotton Supply/Demand

September 17, 2015

In the latest edition of The Cotton Companion, Dr. Don Shurley helps break down the implications of the latest USDA

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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

Cotton Companion Episode 3 – Mergers & Markets

July 17, 2015

In the latest episode of The Cotton Companion podcast, Cotton Grower's editors debate a potential corporate merger, discuss recent acreage reports and markets with Dr. Don Shurley, and recap news of interest…including clothing made from beer?!

Cotton Companion Episode 2 – Talkin’ China

June 22, 2015

Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman recap the cotton industry’s latest headlines, and host a lengthy discussion about

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June 9, 2015

Cotton Grower editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss President Obama’s pollinator policy, Cotton Belt planting progress and the conditions

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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.