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Texas Cotton Crop in Better Shape Than Last Year

August 14, 2012

Last week, the United States Department of Agriculture released its August estimate of world cotton supply and demand. In general, estimates have been raised from the July level and the world’s production is estimated to be 114.11 million bales (480

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Knowing Where Your Blue Jeans Come From

April 1, 2012

To paraphrase a quote from the television show “Cheers,” Rebecca Howe said, “Ham comes in funny-shaped cans on aisle number 6.” Misperceptions like that are not lost on Pepper Roberts, 36, who farms in a partnership with his dad Paul,

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Economics Favor Planting Cotton Behind Wheat

April 1, 2012

Market prices in the mid-90 cent range and much-improved premium for seed at the gin once again make cotton a profitable option for planting behind winter wheat crops in the Mid-South and Southeast. A 2011 study conducted by CrescoAg at

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Bt Cotton Plantings on the Rise in India

March 29, 2012

Despite all of the controversy over the years, the use of genetically modified cotton in India has made impressive jumps over the last decade. Bt cotton plantings for the 2011/12 totaled 12.1 million hectares (ha), compared with only 7.7 million

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Dairy Producers Urged to Lock in Prices for Cottonseed

March 15, 2012

Lower cotton acreages, a persistent Texas drought and a recent dip in cottonseed prices add up to the following advice for dairy producers: check prices now and consider locking in at reasonable prices for the balance of 2012. According to

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Study Stresses Benefits of Planting Cotton Behind Wheat

March 6, 2012

Market prices in the mid-90 cent range and much-improvedpremium for seed at the gin once again make cotton a profitable option for planting behind winter wheat crops in the Mid-South and Southeast.   A 2011 study conducted by Memphis-based CrescoAg

West Texas Cotton Grower Shows Unconventional Wisdom

March 1, 2012

Anyone with Ophidiophobia – the unnatural fear of snakes – might want to scroll down a bit. “We were harvesting cotton last year in October and November. A rattlesnake was the furthest thing from our minds at that time of

Access to Water – and Aid – Are Top Priorities

February 23, 2012

The challenges faced by the Australian cotton industry are often as big as the Land Down Under itself. The volatile pressures on Aussie cotton growers come not only from the international marketplace, with the rollercoaster ride of peaking and plunging

Dixie Dusters

February 13, 2012

Mark Kimmel and his father-in-law David Branhan own Dixie Dusters, an aerial application service near Itta Bena, MS. When cotton took its dramatic dip in acreage, everybody in the cotton business was worried about the infrastructure, and for good reason.

Irrigation Efficiency, Water Conservation

February 13, 2012

Irrigation can be expensive, taking into account the initial capital investment, installation costs, annual costs for energy used for pumping, labor, maintenance and other costs. On the other hand, it’s near the top in risk management. “I don’t think the

Flying Into Cotton

February 13, 2012

Mark Kimmel flew into cotton farming. Literally. “I soloed when I was 15, and got my pilot’s license when I was 16. I started crop dusting when I was 18 after I got out of high school,” he says. “I

Irrigation Best Management Practices

February 13, 2012

Advanced irrigation technologies, such as low pressure center pivots and subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) systems are good tools, with potential for very high application efficiency. Management and maintenance are critical to maximizing the benefits of these systems. • Irrigation scheduling:

Seed Crunch

February 13, 2012

Growers in the Southwest had their fill of dry conditions in 2011. A drought that began in winter ran into spring, drug on into the summer months and didn’t end until a useless rain came down during the tail-end of

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Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

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.

Cotton Production

New Questions Facing Thrips Management

April 10, 2014

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