Planting Stories


Lower Rio Grande Valley Growers May Plant the Smallest Crop in History

March 30, 2009

With a March 31 planting deadline looming, a severe drought and faltering economics may push Lower Rio Grande Valley cotton


Keeping Cotton in the Family

March 19, 2009

As many farm families already know, these aren’t the easiest of times to add a second generation to an operation.


It Was No Accident

March 19, 2009

In 2000, cotton yields in Texas averaged 430 pounds per acre, according to USDA, and quality was nothing to get


With an Eye on China, U.S. Will Plant More Soybeans

March 17, 2009

U.S. soybean markets have been supported by robust trade with China. Current commitments to China are 75 million bushels higher


Relative Prices Driving Acreage Decisions

March 12, 2009

Each year, the National Cotton Council surveys producers as to their acreage intentions for the coming year. The survey, mailed

Every Year is a New Year

March 12, 2009

David Carter has been growing cotton exclusively for 20 years, but quickly qualifies that by saying, “This is my 20th

Family Farming Operations Coming Under Fire

March 10, 2009

By Roger Haldenby Plains Cotton Growers Many farmers are finding themselves faced with a very real and substantial quandary as

2OO6 Cotton Achievement Award Winner Larry McClendon

March 4, 2009

Garth Brooks wrote a song about them. “Sometimes God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers,” the lyrics went. Larry McClendon had

If I Have Heard It Once, I’ve Heard It a Hundred Times

March 3, 2009

Considering that I’m an editor at a cotton publication, I sure hear a whole lot about corn. Since late last

37 Years Of Honoring Achievement

March 3, 2009

One of the most gratifying and enjoyable parts of serving the U.S. cotton industry is interviewing and highlighting some of

Growers Can Capitalize On Seasonal Trends

March 2, 2009

When developing and executing a marketing strategy for your cotton, what you do is often the primary concern. But when

Expecting the Unexpected

March 2, 2009

When I decided to grow a half acre of cotton, the purpose was to learn more about the production process

Latest News

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.


Field Prep Underway for South TX Planting

February 2, 2017

With spring planting a few weeks away, growers in south Texas are making good progress on field preparation.


Cover Crop Costs Recovered on Rolling Plains Cotton

December 28, 2016

Irrigated cotton producers on the Texas Rolling Plains could potentially be reaping more dollars per acre if they include a cover crop on their continuous cotton.


Increasing Planter Capacity: Go Faster or Wider?

October 11, 2016

New technologies are giving growers more options to speed up planting. The best solution is the one better suited for your field shape and size.


Managing Cotton after Uneven Emergence

June 13, 2016

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


Preplant Burndown Time in NC

March 8, 2016

Mid-March through early April is the ideal time for preplant burndown applications in North Carolina cotton fields.