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Bayer Cotton Belt Challenge Returns

December 5, 2013

The popular Bayer CropScience Cotton Belt Challenge – an achievement program that recognizes U.S. growers who plant at least 50 acres of FiberMax and Stoneville cotton seed and produce high-yielding and high-quality cotton – is returning for a second season.

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Eight States Show Big Jumps in Cotton Harvest

November 4, 2013

In advance of the November 8 USDA Cotton Ginnings report, cotton harvest throughout the U.S. Cotton Belt hummed along during the past week, gaining another 11 percentage points over the previous week, according to the November 3 Crop Progress report.

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Farm Service Agency Resumes 2013 Crop Commodity Loan Disbursements

November 4, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) has resumed processing and disbursement of 2013 crop commodity loans to provide interim financing to producers for agricultural commodities stored after harvest and sold throughout the year. Commodity loan-making for crop

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Under International Pressure, Uzbekistan Harvests 3.4 Million Tons

October 30, 2013

It was another good year for cotton growers in Uzbekistan, who are expected to produce 3.35 million tons in the 2013 season – as high as the production from 2012. That’s considered a victory for the industry, but Uzbekistan remains

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Cotton Harvest Jumps 13 Percent, Says USDA

October 28, 2013

The 2013 cotton crop is ready to come out of the fields, based on the October 27 edition of the USDA Crop Progress report. In the past week, the percentage of open bolls throughout the primary cotton-growing states jumped to

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Cotton Harvest Begins in Earnest

October 21, 2013

The U.S. government – and USDA’s weekly reports – may have been shut down for the past three weeks. But, mostly favorable weather conditions throughout the Cotton Belt kept the U.S. cotton crop moving toward the end of this production

Cotton Crop Speeding Toward Harvest

September 30, 2013

It was a good week for moving the 2013 cotton crop toward the finish line, based on numbers included in the USDA Crop Progress Report for September 29. All 15 cotton-producing states showed significant percentage increases in open bolls in

Harvest Begins (Barely), As Cotton Conditions Hold Steady

September 16, 2013

As the 2013 cotton crop moves into the home stretch, harvest is now underway in scattered locations throughout four states, most notably Texas and Louisiana. In fact, the nation’s first bale of cotton was reported out of Harlingen, TX, and

Handle Round Modules With Care

September 6, 2013

On-board module builders have been a boon to cotton producers in terms of time, cost savings and efficiency. And as much as the equipment has impacted harvest time in the field, its quick adoption by growers has also led to

‘Focus On Cotton’ Offers On-Demand Crop Production Webinars

September 5, 2013

Growers and crop consultants across the Cotton Belt now have a new and freely accessible resource to “focus on” this year. Focus on Cotton, a crop management resource that features monthly webcasts from noted experts in the cotton industry, is

Managing Late Crop Headaches

August 30, 2013

Conditions in the spring were problematic for cotton producers in seemingly every corner of the Cotton Belt. It was unseasonably cool and wet in the Southeast. The Mid-South saw rain for what seemed like every day. And of course, the

Bag and Drag Pigweed Escapes

August 27, 2013

Pigweed escapes – even the largest ones – are typically not at the top of a cotton producer’s to-do list late in the season. After all, virtually all of the herbicide windows have expired as harvest is right around the

Growers Struggle with Resale of Traditional Cotton Pickers

July 15, 2013

As far as roadside scenery goes, old farm equipment isn’t the most pleasant sight. . But in recent years, traditional four- and six-row cotton pickers featuring “For Sale” signs have begun to spring up along roadsides throughout the Cotton Belt. Cotton producers

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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

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Updated Mid-South Defoliation Guide Now Available Online

September 16, 2014

With defoliation and harvest season nearing, the 2014 Mid-South Defoliation Guide has been updated and is ready for grower use.

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Terminate Cotton Irrigation at First Cracked Boll

August 26, 2014

Darrin Dodds, Mississippi State Extension cotton specialist, says that when growers see the first cracked boll in their cotton fields, it’s time to terminate their irrigation program.

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Cotton Harvest Looking Good in Lower Rio Grande Valley

August 15, 2014

As cotton harvest begins in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas, growers are optimistic that this year’s crop will help erase the disappointments of the last few growing seasons.

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First Certified Cotton Bale of 2014 Delivered to Gin

July 10, 2014

While most cotton growers are battling plant bugs and resistant weeds and watching for first blooms, Sam and Josh Ruiz of La Feria, TX have delivered 2014’s first official certified bale of cotton.

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Long-Awaited On-Board Module Building Strippers Come to the High Plains

May 5, 2014

After years of toil and innovation, John Deere is introducing the John Deere CS690 Cotton Stripper, hoping to bring the proven successes of on-board module-building harvesters to much of the Southwest.

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USDA Announces 2014 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials

April 15, 2014

USDA's Farm Service Agency has announced the 2014-crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra-long staple (ELS) cotton.

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Bayer CropScience Honors 328 Growers at FiberMax One Ton Club

April 10, 2014

Bayer CropScience honored 328 FiberMax cotton growers who achieved one-ton yields during 2013 and membership into the FiberMax One Ton Club.

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John Deere Introduces New Module-Building CS690 Cotton Stripper

April 7, 2014

Innovative design speeds harvest, reduces labor and downtime, protects yields and increases operator comfort.

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Bayer Seeks Entries for FiberMax One Ton Club for the 2013 Season

February 8, 2014

Bayer CropScience and FiberMax cotton invite growers to enter the FiberMax One Ton Club for 2013 to be recognized for their outstanding achievements in their fields and receive exclusive member benefits. To qualify for the One Ton Club, growers must

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Protect Your Profits: Revolutionary Harvesters Could Save You Money

January 8, 2014

As 2014 begins, it’s clear that cotton growers will be looking for cost-cutting efficiencies to help them remain productive and profitable, regardless of acreage and/or market prices. Our Cotton Grower editors recently outlined five topics to help growers protect their