News Stories

News

Details from Summit on “Wicked” Herbicide Resistance Problem Now Available Online

October 21, 2014

Slides and a webcast of the Weed Science Society of America’s scientific summit on herbicide resistant weeds are now available for free online.

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.

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.

Product News

PhytoGen Partners with Farmers to Aid Local Charities

October 17, 2014

Since becoming a partner in the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program three years ago, PhytoGen has made donations to 25 charities on behalf of state farmers of the year.

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.

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.

Enlist Duo Herbicide Approved; Enlist Weed Control System Now Cleared for Use

October 16, 2014

The Enlist Weed Control System from Dow AgroSciences has been approved for field use in corn and soybeans in 2015 by federal regulatory authorities, with introduction in cotton still scheduled for 2016.

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.

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

U.S. Loan Program Could Take Price Pressure Off of Cotton Farmers

October 7, 2014

With cotton prices sitting below the threshold that triggers government loan repayment assistance, the pressure for growers to move their cotton to market after harvest may be reduced.

Consider Options for Fall Herbicide Applications

October 7, 2014

Growers who may be considering fall herbicide applications for anything other than Italian ryegrass may want to rethink their options.

NCC Sets STAX/Farm Bill Workshops

October 7, 2014

The National Cotton Council will conduct 25 educational meetings in November and December to provide its members with an in-depth look at the new Stacked Income Protection Plan and the Supplemental Coverage Option for cotton under The Agricultural Act of 2014.

Latest News

News

Farm Sector Profitability Expected To Weaken in 2014

November 28, 2014

According to USDA's 2014 Farm Sector Income Forecast report, net farm income for the year is projected to be down more than 23 percent from 2013.

News

NCC Encourages Early Beltwide Registration

November 25, 2014

December 15 is the last day for discounted registration for the 2015 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio.

News

NCC Joins Other Groups in Asking for Port Labor Intervention

November 25, 2014

The National Cotton Council and other U.S. agricultural associations have joined together in a letter asking President Obama to intervene with union and maritime organizations to restore West Coast ports to full operation while they continue negotiations.

News

Taylors Receive TALL South Plains Ag Leadership Award

November 13, 2014

Dan and Linda Taylor of Ropesville, TX have been honored with the TALL South Plains Agricultural Leadership Award.

News

USDA Seeks Comments on New Conservation Stewardship Program Rule

November 5, 2014

USDA is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program that are designed to deliver a higher level of conservation benefits.

News

Make Sure Conservation Compliance Up to Date with FSA

November 4, 2014

Based on changes mandated through the 2014 Farm Bill, producers are now required to have a completed and signed Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification on file with the Farm Service Agency.

News

USDA Updates ARC, PLC Timelines and Details

November 4, 2014

USDA’s Farm Service Agency has updated the timelines for the Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage programs specified as part of the 2014 Farm Bill.

News

Texas Tech Program Wins Cotton Inc. Grant

November 3, 2014

Students in Texas Tech’s Retail Management program will get an in-depth look at cotton in their curriculum, thanks to an educational grant from Cotton Incorporated.

Marketing

Don’t Hate the Futures. Hate the Fundamentals.

November 1, 2014

Cotton producers could learn a lot from – of all things – the onion market.

Market Analysis

With WTO Brazil Settled, Cotton Casts a Wary Eye on Chinese Policy

October 31, 2014

With the conclusion of the WTO Brazil case, the U.S. cotton industry can bring a renewed focus to the challenges ahead, coming from a familiar source.

Disease Control / Nematodes

Nematode Research on the Rise

October 30, 2014

Take a peek at the seed company pipelines, and you’ll notice a common theme – nematode control.