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Episode 26 – Are Prices Surging Too Quickly?

May 23, 2017

The Cotton Companion returns for #Plant17. We’ll talk WASDE, crop progress, and bring in Dr. O.A. Cleveland to examine this dizzying cotton market.

Market Analysis

Fluctuations and Cancellations Create Interesting Week

May 22, 2017

Despite price fluctuations and export sales cancellations over the past week, the cotton market hangs tough as U.S. planting continues.

Market Analysis

Market Holding, but Lock in Prices Now

May 15, 2017

Cotton’s recent price surge is likely not done yet. But, growers who have not priced their 2017 crop should do so soon before the market softens.

News

Bayer to Sell Liberty Brands in Monsanto Acquisition

May 9, 2017

Bayer has reportedly agreed to sell its Liberty herbicide and LibertyLink-branded seeds businesses to help gain approval of its acquisition of Monsanto.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Is 80 Cents Within Reach?

May 5, 2017

The expiring May contract established a new high on the week, potentially setting the stage for July contracts to trickle higher.

News

Omnibus Bill Snubs Proposed Cottonseed Policy

May 1, 2017

Despite strong bipartisan support in Congress, a cottonseed policy was excluded from the fiscal year 2017 omnibus appropriations bill – a move that the National Cotton Council called extremely disappointing to the cotton industry and its producers.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Prices Holding in Face of Softening Exports

May 1, 2017

The bulls continue to push for higher prices, but the softening of exports are starting to lay the foundation for price slippage.

Promotion

Cotton Inc. Launches New Consumer Ad Campaign

April 24, 2017

Cotton Incorporated’s Consumer Marketing Division has launched a new consumer-directed advertising campaign titled "Leave Comfort to Clothes."

Cotton Production

When Less Means More

April 19, 2017

Greg Basinger increased his overall cotton production despite dropping nearly 1,000 acres from his operation.

Planting

Seven Tips for Successful Cotton Planting

April 19, 2017

According to NC State Cotton Specialist Guy Collins, growers need to keep seven tips in mind at planting to help ensure a successful cotton stand.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: Exports Continue Upward Trend

April 12, 2017

USDA’s April supply and demand estimates increased U.S. cotton exports for the 2016 crop year to 14 million bales – a surprising upward jump, but one that is certainly justified.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Strong Exports Driving World Stocks Lower

April 10, 2017

Strong export sales and brisk shipments of U.S. cotton should continue for at least 2-4 more months, helping to lower world cotton stocks and maintain prices in the 70s.

News

NCC Conveys Farm Law Priorities in DC Hearing

April 4, 2017

National Cotton Council Chairman Ronnie Lee outlined cotton’s priorities for the next farm bill before the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management.

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Production Outlook / Acreage

USDA Report Shows 12.2 Million Acres for 2017

March 31, 2017

USDA’s Prospective Plantings report indicates that 12.2 million acres of cotton will be planted in the U.S. in 2017.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Market Still Looking for Its Top

March 26, 2017

The market is now showing a tendency to sell off and lose daily gains as the trading day ends. It’s really doing nothing more than still trying to pick its top.

News

Ag Groups: Productive Trade Meeting with Trump Administration

March 17, 2017

Leaders from 11 major U.S. agricultural and agribusiness organizations engaged in a substantive and productive meeting with the Trump administration on the continued growth of food and agriculture exports.

News

A Man on the Move

March 9, 2017

Ronnie Lee is ready to do cotton’s work as 2017 NCC Chairman. Just don’t count on him slowing down in the process.

Market Analysis

Grab Hold. The Bulls Are Running!

March 6, 2017

The cotton bull, with freshly sharpened and longer horns, has broken out and is trying to push old crop May and July contracts above 80 cents.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Of Export Sales, USDA Numbers and BCI

February 27, 2017

Dr. O.A. Cleveland praises U.S. cotton exports, muses about USDA predictions and calculations, and ponders the role of Better Cotton Initiative in the U.S.

News

Whitmire Named 2016 Marketer of the Year

February 22, 2017

Ronnie Whitmire of Taft, TX, relied on experience and well-honed instincts to earn the 2016 Marketer of the Year award.

Around The Gin
Product News

Transform Earns Section 18 Exemptions for Cotton, Sorghum

May 4, 2017

Transform WG insecticide has received Section 18 emergency use exemptions for use in cotton and sorghum in select states for the 2017 production season.

Product News

EPA Approves Monsanto’s NemaStrike Technology

May 2, 2017

The EPA has issued registration for tioxazafen, a new nematicide from Monsanto that will be branded as NemaStrike Technology for nematode control and yield protection in cotton, corn and soybeans.

Product News

Indigo Partners Launched for In-Field Technology Testing

April 25, 2017

Indigo is launching Indigo Partners, a collaboration of 25 U.S. growers and agronomic experts to test agricultural technologies – including Indigo’s microbial seed treatments – during 2017.

Product News

UPI Adds New Herbicide Products

April 14, 2017

UPI has added two new herbicides to its portfolio of high quality crop protection products for the U.S.

Product News

FiberMax One Ton Club Membership Tops 1,000

April 14, 2017

A record number of growers qualified for the FiberMax One Ton Club in 2016 with four-bale and higher yields with FiberMax varieties.

Product News

Deltapine NPE Program Kicks off Tenth Year

April 10, 2017

Nearly 200 growers will participate in the tenth season of the Deltapine New Product Evaluator (NPE) Program.

Product News

BASF Expands Dicamba Manufacturing Facility

March 22, 2017

BASF has completed a $270 million expansion of its Beaumont, TX, facility – the largest agricultural products facility investment in company history.

Product News

Topguard Terra Label Amendments for Cotton Root Rot in Texas

March 7, 2017

Texas growers now have additional preplant and post planting options for using Topguard Terra to control cotton root rot.

Latest News
Disease Control / Nematodes

Sweet Tooth Bacteria Tracked in Bacterial Blight

May 25, 2017

Thanks to a new discovery, researchers now may be better equipped to help Texas cotton farmers battle bacterial blight.

Planting

TX Cotton Growers Watching Moisture Levels Closely

May 25, 2017

There is some concern that soil moisture in 2017 could be problematic, especially for Texas dryland cotton producers.

News

FY18 Federal Budget Proposal Very Concerning for Cotton

May 25, 2017

The NCC is ready to work with Congress regarding the “very concerning” program cuts for agriculture in the Trump Administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget.

Equipment

No Yield Impact from Decreased Early Season Irrigation

May 23, 2017

A University of Georgia study shows that decreasing irrigation for cotton during the early season may not affect yields, while substantially reducing water usage.

Companion

Episode 26 – Are Prices Surging Too Quickly?

May 23, 2017

The Cotton Companion returns for #Plant17. We’ll talk WASDE, crop progress, and bring in Dr. O.A. Cleveland to examine this dizzying cotton market.

Weed Control

Glyphosate-Resistant Johnsongrass Focus of New Webcast

May 22, 2017

A new webcast on effective management of glyphosate-resistant johnsongrass has been added to the Focus on Cotton online series from the Plant Management Network and Cotton Incorporated.

News

NCC: Maintaining NAFTA Benefits is Crucial

May 22, 2017

The National Cotton Council says maintaining a vibrant North American Free Trade Agreement creates a positive trading platform for U.S. agriculture, including cotton and textiles.

Market Analysis

Fluctuations and Cancellations Create Interesting Week

May 22, 2017

Despite price fluctuations and export sales cancellations over the past week, the cotton market hangs tough as U.S. planting continues.

News

NCC: Lighthizer Confirmation Positive for Exports

May 15, 2017

The National Cotton Council calls the confirmation of Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative an important step for promoting fair trade and export development.

Market Analysis

Shurley: Is This the Wake-Up Call We’ve Been Expecting?

May 15, 2017

Market movement in the past few weeks may be the wake-up call the industry has been expecting.

Market Analysis

Market Holding, but Lock in Prices Now

May 15, 2017

Cotton’s recent price surge is likely not done yet. But, growers who have not priced their 2017 crop should do so soon before the market softens.