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Cotton Production Stories

Production Outlook / Acreage

Cotton Highlights from August WASDE Report

August 10, 2017

Results from the first crop production survey for 2017 drive the numbers in USDA’s WASDE report for August – including forecasts for the highest U.S. production in 11 years.

Production Outlook / Acreage

USDA: Planted Cotton Acres Up 20% in 2017

June 30, 2017

USDA’s 2017 Planted Acres report, issued today, shows planted area for U.S. cotton at 12.1 million acres – 20% above last year.

Cotton Production

Thoughts on Cotton Nitrogen Management

June 23, 2017

Tyson Raper, Tennessee Extension cotton and small grains specialist, shares some key points for proper Nitrogen management in cotton.

Planting

TX Cotton Growers Watching Moisture Levels Closely

May 25, 2017

There is some concern that soil moisture in 2017 could be problematic, especially for Texas dryland cotton producers.

Cotton Production

When Less Means More

April 19, 2017

Greg Basinger increased his overall cotton production despite dropping nearly 1,000 acres from his operation.

Seven Tips for Successful Cotton Planting

April 19, 2017

According to NC State Cotton Specialist Guy Collins, growers need to keep seven tips in mind at planting to help ensure a successful cotton stand.

USDA Report Shows 12.2 Million Acres for 2017

March 31, 2017

USDA’s Prospective Plantings report indicates that 12.2 million acres of cotton will be planted in the U.S. in 2017.

Strong Exports Helping Drive Higher Cotton Prices

March 23, 2017

Growers can expect to make at least 5 to 6 cents more per pound of cotton than this time last year, primarily due to increased exports.

Never Too Early to Review Picking Capacities

March 9, 2017

Before planters head to the field this season, Dr. Tyson Raper contends it’s not too early to review picker capacity in the likelihood of increased acres.

More Cotton, Less Grain Likely in Texas in 2017

February 24, 2017

Cotton acres in Texas will likely increase this season, as producers seek an alternative to grains.

Optimize Irrigation and Fertility in High Plains Cotton

February 21, 2017

With many producers in the northern High Plains considering cotton this year, optimizing irrigation and fertility will be important to their bottom line.

NCC Projects 11 Million U.S. Cotton Acres in 2017

February 11, 2017

The National Cotton Council is projecting a total of 11.0 million acres of cotton to be planted in the U.S. in 2017.

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Harvest

High Plains Cotton Harvest in High Gear

November 17, 2017

Following a bout of high humidity, growers in the High Plains of Texas are now gearing up cotton harvest.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Cotton Highlights from November WASDE Report

November 9, 2017

USDA’s WASDE report for November raises U.S. production to 21.4 million bales and shows upward revisions in world consumption based on new data.

Planting

Conservation Tillage Can Pay Off in Georgia

October 24, 2017

Conservation tillage saves time and money and improves the soil, but only a small percentage of Georgia farmers currently use the system.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Arkansas 2018 Crop Enterprise Budgets Now Online

October 24, 2017

The 2018 Crop Enterprise Budgets from the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture are now available online.

Harvest

Cool Weather Problems for Texas Panhandle Cotton

October 17, 2017

Poor weather conditions in the Rolling and High Plains of Texas could mean subpar cotton yields for many producers.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Cotton Highlights from October WASDE Report

October 12, 2017

USDA’s WASDE report for October lowers U.S. production and export forecasts for the 2017 crop, while global projections rise slightly due to expected larger crops in other countries.

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Georgia Cotton Losses to Irma Estimated at 10%

October 2, 2017

Losses to Georgia’s cotton crop following Hurricane Irma are estimated at nearly $100 million.

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South Carolina Cotton Crop Looks Promising

September 28, 2017

After two years of storm damage, 2017 looks like a bumper year for South Carolina cotton.

Cotton Production

U.S. Cotton Sets New Sustainability, Environmental Goals

September 20, 2017

The U.S. cotton industry has set specific goals to help maintain and improve current sustainability and environmental gains over the next eight years.

Harvest

Updated Mid-South Defoliation Guide Now Online

September 11, 2017

The 2017 Mid-South Cotton Defoliation Guide from the MidSouth Cotton Specialists’ Working Group is now available online.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Riding a Rising Market

August 30, 2017

California grower Aaron Barcellos relies on smart water use to help take full advantage of a rising Pima market and replenished water supplies.