Planting Stories


Bullish Weather Pattern to Continue

May 9, 2011

By Dr. O. A. Cleveland Professor Emeritus, Mississippi State University For Bayer CropScience The selloff in cotton was large last week as the Chinese holiday took its toll in the marketplace. December dipped below its important support level at 125.00


Georgia Growers Are Anxious to Plant

April 26, 2011

April can sometimes be a month-long exercise in restraint for Doerun, GA, cotton grower Stacy Thaggard. Like many farmers around the nation, Thaggard is anxious to put seed in the ground once spring gets into full swing. But he knows


On-Farm Testing

April 11, 2011

The body of the article about on-farm testing.


Haldenby Set to Leave Plains Cotton Growers

March 15, 2011

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Sunrises and sunsets etched across the vast West Texas sky. The warm, accepting community. Those are what he will miss the most, said Roger Haldenby, as he reflected on the two decades he spent supporting cotton growers in


Texas Growers Produce More With Less

March 4, 2011

Five years ago, the Roye family farming operation began to counter a limited irrigation water supply by implementing a cotton/wheat rotation. The Royes found that they can make more pounds off fewer acres by concentrating their available water on cotton,


Cotton Australia Releases Flood Relief Action Plan

January 19, 2011

With some flood-affected cotton growers in Queensland now facing the grim prospect of no income for the second year in a row, Cotton Australia has released a 30 point action plan detailing the industry’s response to the flood crisis. Cotton

Report Shows Demand for Organic Cotton Remains Strong

January 19, 2011

Very few industries have managed to avoid setbacks during the nasty global recession, but organic cotton production is one of them, according to The Textile Exchange (TE) Farm and Fiber Report 2010. In the most recent season (Aug. 2009 through

Almost $5 Million of Cotton Destroyed in Warehouse Fire

January 13, 2011

A fire in a cotton warehouse in Lubbock, Texas destroyed 10,000 to 15,000 bales of mote cotton valued at more than $4.5 million, according to an article published on Mote cotton is a cotton gin byproduct used in non-woven

2011 ANNUAL PREVIEW: Water Security and Access Are the Key Issues

January 13, 2011

Since Australia’s early days of cotton cultivation, not yet half a century past, there has been enormous change as growers learned new methods, implemented new technologies and integrated research developments. Australian cotton researchers have long been at the very forefront

India Lowers Crop Estimate

December 21, 2010

The Cotton Association of India (CAI) which has 446 members spanning the entire cotton value chain on December 18th released its new estimate for the 2010/11 cotton season. This report as of 30th November estimates the cotton crop to be

Severe Flooding Strikes Australian Farmers–Again

December 16, 2010

Cotton growers in central Queensland have put their case for flood assistance directly to the state and federal governments, according to a Dec. 15 report from ABC News in Australia. About 30 growers gathered at a property devastated by floods just

USDA: Disaster Program Deadline Approaches

December 7, 2010

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers they have until close of business on Thursday, Dec. 9, to apply for assistance for 2009 losses under the Crop Assistance Program (CAP). Up to $550 million in disaster assistance will be

Australian Growers Enjoy Record Harvest at Best Possible Time

November 4, 2010

According to the old adage, “It’s better to be lucky than good.” As cotton growers in Australia are beginning to realize, however, it’s even better to be both. That fact is becoming more apparent as this year’s harvest–expected to reach

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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.