Marketing Stories


Mississippi Women’s Group Coordinates Large Denim Donation

March 15, 2016

The Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation Women’s Leadership Committee recently collected over 2,000 pairs of jeans for the Blue Jeans Go Green denim recycling program.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Quality Premiums Are Coming

March 13, 2016

The quality premium for U.S. cotton has been holding steady, but improvement is on the horizon. Hold for it.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: No Moral Victories in the Market

March 7, 2016

The cotton market is famous for giving second chances, but it also takes no prisoners. We are not talking horseshoes here.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: Prices “Lost In Space”

March 7, 2016

Much like the space family in the popular 1960s TV show “Lost in Space,” cotton, too, has been under a “meteor shower” of negative news and overall bearish market sentiment.

Market Analysis

Cotton Prices Appear Range-Bound in Near Term

February 23, 2016

Cotton prices are projected to remain range-bound in the near term due to large stocks held by China and depressed prices for all agricultural commodities.

Market Still Bearish, as Prices Tick Upward

February 22, 2016

The New York March contract settled one tick above 60 cents, helping avoid the deep bearishness, but keeping technical signals weak.

Watte Elected Cotton Incorporated Chairman

February 16, 2016

Mark Watte, a Tulare, CA, cotton producer, is the new chairman of Cotton Incorporated.

Shurley on Cotton: No Valentines for Cotton

February 16, 2016

February has thus far been a brutal month for cotton prices.

Cleveland: Cotton Now in Clint Eastwood Mode

February 12, 2016

Right out of Clint Eastwood movies, the cotton market is following the script just as written last well as his spaghetti westerns.

Lucas to Head Cotton Council International for 2016

February 8, 2016

Keith Lucas, a cooperative official from Garner, NC, will serve as president of Cotton Council International for 2016.

Cleveland: Bullish Reports, Bearish Responses

February 7, 2016

Absence of demand for cotton, among other factors, is sending mixed signals to the market.

Cleveland: Feeling Bearish and Blue

February 1, 2016

Loss of cotton demand and a looming move of Chinese stocks has even O.A. Cleveland saying, “This hurts.”

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Cleveland: Prices Healthier; China’s Buying

October 21, 2016

After jumping higher on the heels of a bullish world supply demand report, the surge in cotton prices was halted at the 72 cent resistance level. But China is back in buying mode, snapping up nearly 200,000 bales.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: Prices Showing Stability and Potential

October 17, 2016

Many growers want to know when and if the market will get back above 70 cents and provide options to enhance marketing positions. Several factors now in play could give them that opportunity.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Market Weakens as Prices Begin to Slide

October 9, 2016

The market is showing signs of vulnerability, as cotton appears headed back to the mid-60s.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: What Goes Up, Must Readjust

September 30, 2016

Last week’s higher prices limited export sales, and prices had to move lower this week, back down to mill offers.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Bulls Ride Prices into the Mid-70s

September 23, 2016

Two weeks ago, we suggested that the USDA supply demand report would be neutral and the market would drop, yet only to reverse to and jump higher. It jumped this week. Wildly higher.


Cotton Board Announces Cotton Calendar Photo Contest

September 19, 2016

The Cotton Board is looking for a top cotton photo to feature in their 2017 Industry Calendar. But act quickly. The contest ends October 5.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: The Bear/Bull Balance Continues

September 19, 2016

Cotton prices ended the week lower, but made gains after triple digit losses in trading that followed USDA’s September supply demand report.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: Market Unhappy with September Estimates

September 15, 2016

Whatever the market was expecting from the September WASDE report, it didn’t get. So prices reacted accordingly – down.

Market Analysis

Bulls Feed on Cotton Trade Opportunities

September 12, 2016

Although U.S. and world crops are slightly larger than originally estimated, production difficulties in Pakistan and other countries will continue to boost world cotton trade and add support to the market.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: The Bulls Battle Back

September 6, 2016

The December contract again became the darling of the bulls, who won the week after having their backs slammed against the wall.


The Cotton Board Recommends 2017 Funding for Cotton Inc. Programs

August 29, 2016

During its recent annual meeting, The Cotton Board voted to recommend Cotton Incorporated’s 2017 budget of $70 million and elected new officers for the 2016/2017 program year.