Production Outlook / Acreage Stories

Cotton Production

Market Continues to Mark Time; U.S. Acreage Increases Expected

January 10, 2014

In a bit of surprise, the January 2014 World Supply and Demand Report found more cotton in the world and continued its monthly trend of increasing world carryover. It is now a psychologically-challenging 98 million bales – almost an unheard


Brazil to be Model for Venezuelan Cotton Comeback

October 2, 2013

The Venezuela-based Grupo Teleras Maracy, a leading textile group in Venezuela, has proposed a plan to promote the cultivation of cotton in Venezuela. The proposal focuses on successfully copying experiences observed in neighboring countries, including the use of new technologies,

Market Analysis

Nicosia: Change in China Policy Could Impact Imports, Prices

August 20, 2013

As long as China maintains its current import policy, it’s going to remain a large importer of cotton to help maintain its massive cotton reserves and, thus, keep world cotton prices supported. But, hints Joe Nicosia, executive vice president of

Cotton Production

Open Bolls Appearing in U.S. Cotton Crop

August 19, 2013

The U.S. cotton crop held its own over the past week, with reports of open bolls in many areas and little-to-no change in crop conditions. According to the USDA Crop Conditions Report dated August 18, boll set is now essentially

Cotton Production

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


USDA Reduces U.S. Cotton Production Forecast to 13.6 Million Bales

June 14, 2013

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has reduced its 2013/14 cotton production forecast to 13.6 million bales, primarily due to anticipated abandonment of acres in the Southwest because of drought. The number was reflected in USDA’s World Agricultural Supply

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

USDA Projects 10 Million Cotton Acres for 2013

March 28, 2013

By Jim Steadman   USDA issued its 2013 Prospective Plantings report March 28, and the news for cotton was brighter. In fact, it was pretty much as expected. According to the report, growers intend to plant 10.0 million acres

Encouraging Signs from the Cotton Market

January 11, 2013

NY futures continued to trade sideways this week, with March moving just 19 points lower to close at 75.20 cents. Spot futures are still gravitating towards the 75 cents level and for the past eight sessions the March contract has

Plexus: 2013 Brings an Enigmatic Cotton Market

January 10, 2013

As we enter a new year, we are confronted with one of the more bizarre and enigmatic cotton situations in recent memory. What makes price analysis currently so difficult is that we are essentially dealing with two entirely different markets

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.

OA Cleveland: Starting Steady In The New Year

January 9, 2013

Led by new crop, that is the December 2013 contract, all futures contracts either moved higher or held near unchanged during the New Year’s first week of trading. Concerns over both the Indian and Pakistani crops were also noted as

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Registration Open for Cotton Incorporated Crop Management Seminar

October 21, 2014

Cotton Incorporated will conduct its 2014 Crop Management Seminar on November 12-13 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. And attendees can expect an economic and environmental focus on keeping cotton sustainable.

Cotton Production

USDA Lowers U.S. Cotton Production and Export Estimates

September 11, 2014

Based on information contained in USDA’s September World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates Report, U.S. cotton production and exports for 2014 will both be down over earlier projections.

Cotton Production

NCC Commends Timely Implementation of STAX for Cotton

August 13, 2014

The National Cotton Council applauded the announcement that the Stacked Income Protection Plan – or STAX – will be available to upland cotton producers in 2015 through the federal crop insurance program.

Cotton Production

USDA Launches Website to Assist New Farmers and Ranchers

August 9, 2014

USDA has developed a New Farmer website as a resource to help guide the next generation of farmers through the challenges of starting and building a farming operation.

Cotton Production

Enrollment Opens for Cotton Transition Assistance Program

August 8, 2014

Cotton growers have from August 11 until October 7 to enroll for the Cotton Transition Assistance Program, an interim payment program created by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Cotton Production

Bolls Seen in Nearly Half of U.S. Crop; Overall Condition Remains Highly Favorable

July 28, 2014

The USDA Crop Progress report for July 27 shows squaring and boll set numbers on target with the five-year averages, and overall crop condition well above the same week last year.

Cotton Production

Crop Progress: Overall Condition Still Solid; Boll Set Numbers Jump

July 21, 2014

According to the July 20 USDA Crop Progress report, squaring and boll set numbers are now above the five-year averages for the date, and overall crop condition remains unchanged in the past week.

Cotton Production

Fruiting Totals Jump in July 13 Crop Progress Report

July 14, 2014

According to the July 13 USDA Crop Progress report, the 2014 cotton crop is fruiting quickly and is now right in line with the five-year averages for this date.

Cotton Production

Overall Cotton Crop Condition Well Ahead of 2013 Ratings

July 7, 2014

The July 6 Crop Progress report shows that 2014 cotton acres are running slightly behind last year in terms of squaring and boll set, but are in far better condition at this time than the 2013 crop.

Cotton Production

USDA Reports Nine Percent Jump in Cotton Acres for 2014

July 2, 2014

U.S. cotton acres for 2014 are up nine percent over last year, according to the USDA Acreage report released June 30.

Cotton Production

Water Issues Often Leave Growers Feeling High and Dry

July 1, 2014

As drought conditions in Texas linger, cotton research companies ramp up their efforts for water efficiency.