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How the Ginning Cost Share Program Gained New Life

April 17, 2018

Thanks to the efforts of many in the industry, a badly-needed cotton relief program found new life on Capitol Hill.

Market Analysis

Strong Demand, Drought Concerns Pushing Prices

April 14, 2018

Thanks to mill demand, shrinking quality stocks and increased drought concerns in the Southwest, cotton continues to post gains in spite of the selling pressure created by rolling positions to the July contract.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Cotton Highlights from April WASDE Report

April 10, 2018

April’s USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates move projected U.S. cotton exports up and domestic ending stocks down, as world ending stocks for the month are also reduced.

Market Analysis

Market Holds in Face of Tariff Rumblings

April 8, 2018

World consumption continues to support prices, but the mere suggestion of tariffs makes speculative fund managers nervous and increases market volatility.

News

NCC: Tariffs Would Harm U.S./China Cotton Trade

April 5, 2018

The National Cotton Council is concerned that proposed Chinese tariffs on U.S. raw cotton shipped to that country would harm the economic health of the U.S. cotton industry.

News

China Adds U.S. Cotton to Proposed Tariff List

April 4, 2018

U.S. cotton is now potentially impacted as the Chinese government escalated its response to United States’ tariff actions on Chinese goods.

Production Outlook / Acreage

USDA Projects 13.5 Million Cotton Acres for 2018

March 29, 2018

USDA’s Prospective Plantings Report for 2018, issued on March 29, estimates the planted area for U.S. cotton at 13.5 million acres – a 7% increase over 2017.

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Market Analysis

Cleveland: Start Pricing This Year’s Crop

March 24, 2018

Plant, plant, plant continues to be the motto. But it’s also time to add price, price, price to the discussion.

News

The Right Man for the Job

March 13, 2018

New NCC Chairman Ron Craft is more than ready for the challenges ahead for cotton.

Market Analysis

Multiple Factors Driving Cotton’s Price Growth

March 9, 2018

The fundamentals of supply and demand – among other factors – continue to drive cotton prices toward the high 80s.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Cotton Highlights from March WASDE Report

March 8, 2018

March’s USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates show lower production, higher exports and lower ending stocks for the U.S., as world production, consumption and ending stocks all move slightly higher.

News

NCC Praises Cochran as Champion of Agriculture

March 6, 2018

The National Cotton Council praises retiring Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi for his support of the U.S. cotton industry and all of agriculture during his 39-year Senate career.

Ginning

USDA Renews Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program

March 4, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced renewal of the Cotton Ginning Cost Share program during a speech at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show on March 3.

Marketing

Converting Generic Base for the Seed Cotton Program

February 23, 2018

In the third in a series of articles about the new seed cotton program, University of Georgia economists offer suggestions on converting a farm’s generic base to seed cotton base and/or other commodity bases.

News

Craft to Lead the National Cotton Council in 2018

February 15, 2018

Ron Craft, a cotton producer and fifth-generation ginner from Plains, TX, is the newly-elected National Cotton Council chairman for 2018.

Marketing

Calculating PLC Payments for the Seed Cotton Program

February 13, 2018

In the second in a series of articles, University of Georgia economists focus on how PLC payments are calculated under the new seed cotton program.

News

Budget Deal Restores Farm Bill Coverage for Cotton

February 9, 2018

Critically-needed policy that restores Title I coverage for cotton in the current Farm Bill was part of the bipartisan budget legislation approved by Congress on February 9 and signed into law by President Trump.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Cotton Highlights from February WASDE Report

February 8, 2018

February’s USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates show slightly lower U.S. exports and higher ending stocks, as world production and ending stocks move higher and global consumption dips.

Marketing

Schniers Brothers are 2017 Marketers of the Year

February 1, 2018

2017 Marketers of the Year Doyle and Daryl Schniers rely on a variety of strategies – plus a little gut feel – when marketing their cotton.

Market Analysis

“Here We Go Again” as Market Preps Another Run

January 26, 2018

The price breakout above 80 cents continues to build its base in the very low 80s as it prepares for its next challenge to the 85 cent level.

Around The Gin
Product News

FiberMax Honors One Ton Club Growers for 2017

April 17, 2018

The FiberMax One Ton Club recently honored 188 cotton growers who qualified for the club with their 2017 harvest results.

Product News

BASF Adds Engenia Spray Tool to Aid Applications

April 16, 2018

A new easy-to-use resource puts critical weather requirements for applying Engenia herbicide in one convenient location.

Product News

Reduce Timing Guesswork for Cotton Planting

April 16, 2018

Bayer’s online Cotton Planting Forecasting tool can help growers determine the optimal planting window to improve their chances at securing a strong stand.

Product News

Deltapine NPE Program Begins Class of 19 Evaluations

April 9, 2018

Nine Class of 19 variety candidates will be in growers’ fields this year as the Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program kicks off its eleventh season.

Product News

Americot Expands Research and Sales Teams

April 5, 2018

Americot has added six new team members to the company’s research and sales staffs.

Product News

Greenleaf Introduces TipGuard Nozzle System

April 5, 2018

Greenleaf Technologies has introduced its new TipGuard System to protect spray tips from contact damage.

Product News

New BASF Reward Program for AR Growers Facing Dicamba Ban

March 27, 2018

BASF has revised its Grow Smart Rewards program to provide Arkansas growers alternative weed control solutions during the dicamba application ban from April 16 through October 31.

Product News

DuPont Vydate Products Fully Available for 2018

March 15, 2018

DuPont Vydate brand insecticide/nematicide products – including Vydate C-LV for cotton – will be fully available for sale and use during the 2018 growing season.

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Insect Control

In-Crop Needs Drive Transform Momentum

April 18, 2018

Transform insecticide annually overcomes regulatory hurdles to remain a vital crop protection tool.

News

How the Ginning Cost Share Program Gained New Life

April 17, 2018

Thanks to the efforts of many in the industry, a badly-needed cotton relief program found new life on Capitol Hill.

Marketing

USDA Announces 2018 Loan Rate Differentials

April 17, 2018

USDA’s Farm Service Agency has announced the 2018-crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra-long staple cotton.

Cotton Production

Sessions from the 2017 MS Row Crop Short Course Now Online

April 17, 2018

Presentations from the 2017 Mississippi State Row Crop Short Course are now part of the Focus on Cotton online series from the Plant Management Network and Cotton Incorporated.

News

Wrangler Report Touts Value of Soil Conservation Practices

April 17, 2018

Wrangler jeans has published a report highlighting the significant economic and environmental benefits of certain cotton farming techniques.

Insect Control

Biopesticide Option for Bollworm, Budworm Control

April 15, 2018

A host-specific virus is being used to control bollworms and budworms in Arkansas crops.

Opinion

Tariff Discussions Emphasize Need for Free Trade

April 15, 2018

Free, but fair, trade is the need of the hour.

Market Analysis

Strong Demand, Drought Concerns Pushing Prices

April 14, 2018

Thanks to mill demand, shrinking quality stocks and increased drought concerns in the Southwest, cotton continues to post gains in spite of the selling pressure created by rolling positions to the July contract.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Cotton Highlights from April WASDE Report

April 10, 2018

April’s USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates move projected U.S. cotton exports up and domestic ending stocks down, as world ending stocks for the month are also reduced.

News

U.S. Justice Department to Approve Bayer/Monsanto Deal

April 10, 2018

According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Department of Justice has decided to approve Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto Co., with closing expected in the second quarter of 2018.

Promotion

Branding is Key Marketing Tool for U.S. Cotton

April 10, 2018

Brands mean trust, which sells products, and cotton is no exception.