Cotton Production Stories

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.

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Production Outlook / Acreage

Cotton Could Benefit from Lower Grain Prices

November 16, 2015

Lower prices for grains could help cotton acres in Arkansas rebound in 2016.

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.

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.

2015 Mid-South Defoliation Guide Available Online

September 15, 2015

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

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.

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.

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Cotton Production

Texas Cotton Crop a Story of Extremes

June 29, 2016

According to Texas cotton specialists, conditions have gone from one extreme to the other for cotton growers around the state.

Planting

Managing Cotton after Uneven Emergence

June 13, 2016

Mississippi State University specialists offer guidelines for managing cotton fields with uneven plant maturity.

Cotton Production

Episode 18 – Another Potential Merger Pops Up

May 26, 2016

In the latest podcast, our editors discuss the potential Bayer/Monsanto merger, and Dr. Mike Buschermohle of the University of Tennessee provides his thoughts on how precision ag practices and tools can help cotton growers increase efficiency and save some money.

Planting

Guidelines for Replanting Decisions

May 24, 2016

There are no definitive guidelines for making replant decisions. But a list of factors to consider may help make those decisions a bit easier.

Cotton Production

New Webinar Explains Irrigation Efficiency with Soil Moisture Sensors

May 19, 2016

A new webcast to help improve irrigation practices through the use of soil moisture monitors has been added to the Focus on Cotton online series.

Cotton Production

Cotton Explosion Looming for Kansas?

May 18, 2016

Thanks in part to a new cotton technology, producers in Kansas could be ramping up their cotton acres over the next few years.

Planting

Improved Soil Moisture for Most Texas Cotton Fields

May 4, 2016

Improved soil moisture in most cotton fields in Texas are pushing growth and maturity in early-planted acres and are setting up the state’s northern acres for good planting conditions.

Cotton Production

2016 Georgia Cotton Production Guide Now Online

May 3, 2016

The University of Georgia’s 2016 Cotton Production Guide is now available online.

Cotton Production

University of Georgia Schedules Insect Scout Schools

April 28, 2016

The University of Georgia has scheduled two insect scouting schools in June to provide training for insect monitoring in cotton, peanuts and soybeans.

Planting

USDA Projects 9.56 Million Cotton Acres in 2016

March 31, 2016

USDA’s March 31 Prospective Plantings report projects that U.S. cotton growers will plant 9.56 million acres in 2016 – an 11% increase over last year.

Planting

March Rainfall Could Mean More Cotton Acreage

March 29, 2016

More acres may be shifting back to cotton in 2016. For producers who may be planting cotton for the first time in several years, variety selection can be a formidable challenge.