Cotton Production Stories

Harvest

Prolonged Rainfall in Carolinas Causes Seed Sprouting

October 5, 2015

The rainy spell that has soaked North Carolina for more than a week is creating problems for the state’s cotton growers.

Harvest

Keep Soil Compaction in Mind at Harvest

September 28, 2015

Since new module-building cotton pickers are adding more weight to fields during harvest, growers should keep in mind the factors that can contribute to soil compaction.

Harvest

2015 Mid-South Defoliation Guide Available Online

September 15, 2015

The 2015 Mid-South Cotton Defoliation Guide is now available online.

Harvest

Key Considerations for Cotton Defoliation

August 27, 2015

With the 2015 cotton crop quickly winding down, it’s time for growers to be making their defoliation plans.

Harvest

Preserving Fiber Quality Should Drive Defoliation Decisions

August 25, 2015

When making defoliation plans, there is more economic incentive for growers to maintain fiber quality when cotton prices are low versus when cotton prices are higher.

When’s the Best Time to Terminate Cotton Irrigation?

August 18, 2015

As cotton moves closer to maturity, growers need to consider certain factors carefully when deciding to turn the water off for this year’s crop.

Pima Cotton Industry Shrinking in California

August 12, 2015

Drought and other market forces are taking a toll on California’s Pima cotton industry.

First Bale for 2015 Delivered to Texas Gin

August 7, 2015

The first certified bale of U.S. cotton for 2015 was delivered to the Harlingen Gin Company by the Ortega brothers of Mercedes, TX.

Holding Their Ground Against Pigweed

July 7, 2015

Cotton growers in northeastern Alabama are working hard to keep pigweed in check – often by any means possible.

USDA to Update Texas Cotton Acres Info

July 6, 2015

Due to weather delays that left a portion of cotton acres yet to be planted in Texas, USDA will collect updated information in July to help determine if the state’s numbers in the recent Acreage report need to be revised.

NC State: PGR Management Considerations

June 17, 2015

Side-dressing could help spur vigorous cotton growth, especially with timely rain. According to the NC State Extension cotton team, it’s time to start PGR management plans.

El Nino Weather Good for High Plains Cotton

May 12, 2015

The Texas High Plains are benefitting from the current El Nino weather pattern. And that’s good news for this year’s cotton crop.

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Planting

Clemson: Focus on Insect Management, Proper Variety Selection

February 4, 2016

Clemson Extension specialists point to insect management and proper variety selection as keys to help SC cotton producers grow more profitable crops in 2016.

Planting

SC Cotton Growers Look to Rebound from 2015 Flood

January 28, 2016

After South Carolina’s cotton crop was essentially flooded out in 2015, what’s in store for the state’s growers this year?

Production Outlook / Acreage

Arkansas Extension Issues New Risk Management Resources

January 22, 2016

The University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service has developed a series of risk management resources to help growers manage their farming decisions in a time of increased uncertainty for agriculture.

Cotton Production

Agenda Set for Tennessee Cotton Focus Meeting

January 21, 2016

Specialists from three states and the National Cotton Council are on the agenda for the 2016 Tennessee Cotton Focus meeting on February 18.

Planting

Market Prices Impacting Early 2016 Crop Decisions

January 19, 2016

As farmers in the Rio Grande Valley try to finalize cropping decisions before planting begins in the coming weeks, many are still struggling with what to plant. For some, that will likely be cotton.

Cotton Production

NC State Issues 2016 Cotton Planning Info

January 5, 2016

Two documents are now available online from NC State Extension to help with planning and preparation for the state’s 2016 cotton crop.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Survey Points to Moderate Acreage Gains for Cotton in 2016

January 4, 2016

The 2016 Cotton Grower Acreage Survey reveals that floundering competitive prices and high yields could mean brighter days ahead for U.S. cotton.

Cotton Production

Tennessee Releases 2016 Cotton Variety Guide, Weed and Insect Manuals

December 21, 2015

Three new University of Tennessee Extension publications are now available online with information on cotton variety performance, and weed and insect control recommendations for 2016.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Arkansas Issues Crop Enterprise Budgets for 2016 Planning

December 8, 2015

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture has issued crop enterprise budgets to help growers plan for the 2016 production year.

Planting

Mississippi Variety Trial Data and Planning Budgets Now Available

December 4, 2015

Mississippi State University Extension’s 2015 On-Farm Cotton Variety Trials publication and Cotton 2016 Planning Budgets guide are both now available online.

Production Outlook / Acreage

High Plains Cotton Production Can Survive Predicted Climate Changes

November 17, 2015

A Texas A&M research study has shown that cotton production in the High Plains can withstand expected climate changes.