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2013 Crop in the Ground and Catching Up Quickly

June 17, 2013

Based on the June 17 cotton progress report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), cotton planting for the 2013 season has essentially ended, with only final catch-up or replant work still underway in a handful of states. According

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Cotton Plantings Still Running Near 4-Year Average

June 10, 2013

Eighty-eight percent of the U.S. cotton crop had been planted as of June 9, based on this week’s USDA crop plantings report, placing progress only four percentage points behind the four-year average. Growers in Kansas and Oklahoma continue to work

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Cotton Planting Back on Four-Year Target

June 3, 2013

Cotton growers throughout the Cotton Belt made substantial progress in planting during the past week. According to the June 2 USDA Planting Progress Report, 82 percent of the nation’s cotton crop is now in the ground – a 23 percent

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Open Week of Weather Propels Cotton Planting

May 20, 2013

Growers took advantage of warmer, drier weather in the past week, boosting the percentage of planted cotton acres to 39 percent across the primary Cotton Belt states, based on the May 17 USDA Planted Acres Report. Nationally, planted acreage to

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Cotton Planters Are Finally Rolling, Reports USDA

May 13, 2013

Twenty-three percent of the 2013 cotton crop is now in the ground, according to the USDA Crop Planting Progress Report for the week ending May 12. All of the 15 major cotton-producing states now show planting activity, with California (95

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Cotton Plantings Far Below Average in Most States, Says USDA

May 6, 2013

Cotton planting was simply marking time in most states during the week ending May 5, reported USDA, as unseasonably cool and wet conditions kept planters parked throughout most of the Cotton Belt. The weekly planting progress report shows little inroads

April 29: Southeast Cotton Plantings Increase, Reports USDA

April 30, 2013

Southeastern states have made double-digit progress in cotton planting during the week ending April 28, according to the weekly USDA crop plantings report. Nationwide, 14 percent of all anticipated cotton acres have now been planted. Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and

April 22: Slow Rise in Planted Cotton Acreage, Reports USDA

April 22, 2013

Cotton growers in California and Arizona continued their fierce planting pace in the past week, with both states jumping at least 20 percent in planted acres in the past seven days. Based on the April 21 USDA Crop Planting Progress

USDA Reports Eight Percent of Cotton Acres Planted by April 15

April 16, 2013

Based on the April 15 USDA Crop Planting Progress Report, the 2013 U.S. cotton crop is off to a slow start, with only eight percent of cotton acres planted to date. The cooler, wetter weather conditions across most of the

CNCIC: China’s Mills Have 41-Day Supply of Cotton

April 10, 2013

The government in China continues to make headlines as it gobbles up more and more cotton, and will likely end the year with about half of the world’s cotton stocks in its reserve. But China’s private sector is also adding

Valent Introduces Seed-Applied Rizolex Fungicide

March 28, 2013

Rizolex fungicide, manufactured by Valent U.S.A. Corporation, has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use as a seed protectant on cotton, soybeans, corn, sorghum and sugar beets. When seed-applied as a foundational fungicide, Rizolex provides protection against

Researchers Seek the Best Seeding Rate for Yield Potential

February 21, 2013

Growers who have been around long enough don’t need to be reminded just how much the cost of a bag of seed has risen in recent years. As seed companies pack more research and genetic advancements into each seed, the

Cotton Grower Magazine Annual Acreage Survey: The Slide Continues

January 9, 2013

In keeping with projections from cotton economists and industry leaders, cotton producers from across the U.S. say they’ll be drawing back their cotton acres in 2013, according to the annual Cotton Grower acreage survey. The survey results indicate that U.S.

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USDA Says Cotton Planting Nearly Complete, Early Crop in Good Shape

June 9, 2014

According to the June 8 USDA cotton crop reports, 89 percent of this year's crop has now been planted, and the early crop is off to a solid start.

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Setting New Yield Limits

June 4, 2014

A harvesting trip to Texas changed the way Tommy Butner thought about yields on his own Tennessee farm.

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Planting Pace Picks Up in the Southwest, First Squares Reported

June 2, 2014

The June 1 USDA Crop Progress report shows that Southwestern states made substantial progress in cotton planting over the past week, thanks to much-needed moisture.

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Cotton Planting in Many States Now Ahead of Five-Year Average

May 27, 2014

USDA reports that 62 percent of the U.S. cotton crop has now been planted, with eight states ahead of their five-year planting average.

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Southeast Shows Biggest Weekly Gains in Cotton Planting, Reports USDA

May 19, 2014

Based on the May 18 USDA Crop Progress report, overall cotton planting stayed on track with the five-year average for this date, with 46 percent of the U.S. now in the ground. But growers in the Southeast made the most of the past week, registering impressive gains in cotton seeding.

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Planting Surge Puts 2014 Cotton Acres Near Five-Year Average

May 12, 2014

According to the May 11 USDA Crop Progress Report, 30 percent of the U.S. cotton crop is now in the ground. That’s a 15 percent jump in planting in the past week, and only four percentage points below the five-year average for this date.

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USDA Reports Pockets of Progress in 2014 Cotton Planting

May 5, 2014

According to the May 5 USDA Crop Progress Report, planting of the 2014 cotton crop continues to track last year’s start, witih 16 percent of this year’s crop now planted

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New Webcast, Search Tool Added to Focus on Cotton Website

April 30, 2014

A new webcast focusing on cotton nutrition and a one-stop search tool that targets Extension cotton information from 17 states have been added to the Focus on Cotton webpage.

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Cotton Following 2013 Planting Patterns for Most States

April 29, 2014

Based on the April 28 USDA Crop Progress Report, 13 percent of the nation’s cotton crop has been planted – exactly the same percentage in the ground one year ago.

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Five Keys to Higher Cotton Yields

April 24, 2014

As growers in the Southern Cotton Belt begin shifting their planting focus to cotton, they should consider five optimum pre- and early season opportunities to manage for top yields.

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New Questions Facing Thrips Management

April 10, 2014

Control options for thrips still work, but potential issues bear watching.