Cotton Grower – July 2013

Cotton Grower Magazine July 2013 Cover

On The Cover

Southwest Producers Strike Back Against Resistant Pigweed

Although it’s difficult to pin down the exact time frame that glyphosate resistant Palmer amaranth was discovered in West Texas, experts say there’s no denying that 2012 was the year in which the troublesome weed pest arrived in a major

In This Issue

Southwest Producers Strike Back Against Resistant Pigweed

Although it’s difficult to pin down the exact time frame that glyphosate resistant Palmer amaranth was discovered in West Texas, experts say there’s no denying that 2012 was the year in which the troublesome weed pest arrived in a major

Growers Struggle with Resale of Traditional Cotton Pickers

As far as roadside scenery goes, old farm equipment isn’t the most pleasant sight. . But in recent years, traditional four- and six-row cotton pickers featuring “For Sale” signs have begun to spring up along roadsides throughout the Cotton Belt. Cotton producers

The Evolution of the U.S. Ginning Industry

If Eli Whitney could walk into a modern cotton gin, he might have a hard time recognizing his contribution to the industry. But he would probably also be fascinated with its evolution, speed and efficiency. Much like the production side

Latest News

Market Analysis

Sleepy Market Hiding Potential Volatility

October 20, 2014

Cotton trading remains locked in a rather wide ten cent trading channel, but actively trading only a four cent band around 63 cents – 61 to 65 cents, that is. In other words, maybe we are being lulled to sleep.

Raising More Profit

Keep an Eye on Profitability When Choosing Cotton Varieties

October 17, 2014

Harvest is the right time for growers to spend a little time thinking about variety selection for next season, with an eye on profitability.

Market Analysis

Plexus: Market on Firm Footing Through Harvest

October 17, 2014

December prices should remain on firm footing until the bulk of the U.S. crop has been harvested and the quality is known. But the massive global inventory probably means a sideways-to-lower market going forward.

News

USDA Announces Measures to Help Farmers Diversify Weed Control Efforts

October 16, 2014

USDA has announced several new steps to help address the increase of herbicide resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems.

International

Jordan Lea Elected ICA President

October 16, 2014

Jordan Lea, chairman of Eastern Trading Company in Greenville, SC, has been elected 2014/15 president of the International Cotton Association.

News

Will Farm Bill Delay Impact 2015 Cotton Planting?

October 16, 2014

Delays in implementing a provision of the 2014 Farm Bill may force growers in Texas, Georgia and other states plagued by years of drought to plant fewer acres of cotton that they would like in 2015.

News

STAX & SCO Information Released by USDA

October 11, 2014

Premium rates and expected area-wide yields for the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) and the Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) are now available online.

Market Analysis

Demand for Quality Cotton Keeps Market Positive

October 11, 2014

The market spent most of the week in positive territory, as its ability to close higher continues to voice the immediate need for quality cotton.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: Fragile Market Shows Improvement, Outlook Still Cautious

October 11, 2014

After recently falling to the 61-cent level, prices have made a modest, but still welcomed, recovery.

Raising More Profit

Managing Pigweed Costs – Start Clean, Treat Early, Stay Focused

October 10, 2014

To put the full impact of pigweed infestation in cotton into perspective, it helps to take a 10,000 foot view of the situation. The numbers are astounding, but not pretty.

Harvest

Storms Shred Thousands of Cotton Acres in Arkansas

October 9, 2014

To date, Mother Nature has blessed the latter part of the cotton season – including early harvest – with favorable weather. Occasionally, however, her angry side does appear.   Violent storms containing golf ball-sized hail ravaged nearly 10,000 acres of

Achievement

Hall of Achievement: Honorees of the ’70s

October 9, 2014

For 44 years, Cotton Grower Magazine has annually honored a cotton industry leader with the Cotton Achievement Award. Take a look back at the first decade of award recipients, from the 1970's.

Marketing

U.S. Loan Program Could Take Price Pressure Off of Cotton Farmers

October 7, 2014

With cotton prices sitting below the threshold that triggers government loan repayment assistance, the pressure for growers to move their cotton to market after harvest may be reduced.

Crop Inputs

Consider Options for Fall Herbicide Applications

October 7, 2014

Growers who may be considering fall herbicide applications for anything other than Italian ryegrass may want to rethink their options.

News

NCC Sets STAX/Farm Bill Workshops

October 7, 2014

The National Cotton Council will conduct 25 educational meetings in November and December to provide its members with an in-depth look at the new Stacked Income Protection Plan and the Supplemental Coverage Option for cotton under The Agricultural Act of 2014.