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Achievement

Cotton’s Humble Advocate

January 20, 2015

2014 Cotton Achievement Award winner Jimmy Dodson is one of American cotton’s most outspoken supporters.

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Market Analysis

Bears Are Growling, but Market Holds Firm

January 19, 2015

The fifty-centers are still out there and are beginning to beat their drums louder and louder, but the current trading range has proven to be most resilient.

News

Important Farm Bill Deadlines Approaching

January 15, 2015

With sign-up deadlines approaching, farmers have several important decisions to make under the 2014 farm bill.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: Prices Just Treading Water

January 13, 2015

Recent activity has simply solidified the sideways pattern this market has been in for quite a while.

Achievement

Jimmy Dodson Receives 2014 Cotton Achievement Award

January 6, 2015

Jimmy Dodson, a third-generation cotton farmer from Robstown, TX and a prominent leader in the cotton industry, has received the 2014 Cotton Achievement Award from Cotton Grower magazine.

Cotton Production

Cotton Grower Acreage Survey: Growers Dialing Back Acres in 2015

January 5, 2015

The 2015 Cotton Grower Acreage Survey suggests cotton farmers could reduce cotton plantings by more than 10 percent this year.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

December 24, 2014

It’s not news that 2014 turned out to be a disappointing year for many growers. I’m somewhat optimistic on the price outlook for 2015, but I don’t see much reason to start contracting for anything yet.

News

Consequences of Texas Drought Continue to Linger

December 23, 2014

Although parts of Texas have received rain, drought will continue to be an issue, with 35 percent of the state still in extreme or exceptional drought status.

News

NCC Farm Bill Meeting Info Now Online

December 22, 2014

Information from the National Cotton Council’s 25 STAX/Farm Bill workshops and four regional webinars is now accessible online.

Market Analysis

Current Market Level Holding Its Ground

December 19, 2014

The market’s ability to hold its current level has overshadowed the fact that cash prices around the world have firmed a bit, signaling a stronger basis position for most growths.

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Product News

New 2015 CROPLAN Cotton Varieties Feature Bollgard II XtendFlex Technology

March 19, 2015

WinField is adding Monsanto’s new Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton trait to two new CROPLAN cotton varieties for 2015.

Precision Technology

New Features for TeeJet Aeros 9040 Field Computer

March 18, 2015

TeeJet has added new features to its Aeros 9040 Field Computer for 2015.

Precision Technology

TeeJet Launches New DynaJet Flex Nozzle Control System

March 17, 2015

The new DynaJet Flex 7120 nozzle control system from TeeJet Technologies helps growers manage spray quality across a variety of operating speeds and application rates.

Product News

New Cheminova Chemistry to Help Control Herbicide Resistant Weeds

February 23, 2015

Cheminova plans to register pethoxamid, a new herbicide active ingredient, to help growers manage herbicide-resistant weeds.

Product News

Brake Herbicide Receives Section 18 Approvals in Six States

February 18, 2015

Brake Herbicide has received Section 18 emergency use exemptions for control of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth in six cotton producing states.

Precision Technology

TeeJet Matrix 430 Provides Simple, Easy-to-Use Guidance

February 18, 2015

TeeJet Technologies’ new Matrix 430 GNSS guidance system is ideal for a wide range of field applications.

Precision Technology

TeeJet Launches RX520 High-Precision GNSS Receiver

February 17, 2015

TeeJet Technologies has introduced the RX520 dual frequency GNSS receiver for precision farming operations.

Disease Control / Nematodes

Velum Total Approved for Cotton, Peanuts in 2015

February 12, 2015

Bayer CropScience has received registration for Velum Total, a new insecticide/nematicide for use in cotton and peanuts in 2015.

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Common Thread

MAKE OR BREAK: Living Under the “Volcano” of China’s Cotton Policies

April 1, 2015

Joe Nicosia says that China’s plan to reduce massive cotton stocks could challenge the cotton market for years to come.

Market Analysis

Shurley on Cotton: USDA Planting Intentions In; Time for Market to Focus on Other Realities

March 31, 2015

The March 31 USDA Prospective Plantings report of 9.55 million cotton acres is slightly higher than most other pre-report expectations. Now, it’s time for the market to focus on other matters.

Planting

Soil Testing Still the Cornerstone for Fertilization Programs

March 30, 2015

In times of lower commodity prices and stable-to-higher input costs, the right fertilization program should still begin with soil testing.

Market Analysis

Cotton Prices Itching to Move Higher, as Growers Ponder Acreage Shifts

March 27, 2015

The market has shown it is comfortable with higher prices, as planting and production dynamics hold the potential for larger than expected U.S. cotton plantings.

News

Cotton Inc. Urges Grower Input for Natural Resource Survey

March 27, 2015

Cotton Incorporated is urging cotton growers to participate in an online Natural Resource Survey to help direct industry efforts to improve and promote U.S. cotton’s sustainability.

International

China National Cotton Exchange to Buy U.S. Cotton through The Seam

March 25, 2015

The Seam and the China National Cotton Exchange are working together to expand opportunities for U.S. cotton sales to buyers in China.

Common Thread

The Buzz Continues Over Pollinator Health

March 24, 2015

With a federal plan for honey bee protection in the works, the U.S. cotton industry points to successes and braces for more challenges.

International

ICA to Conduct “Managing Risk” Training Prior to 2015 Annual Trade Event

March 24, 2015

The International Cotton Association will conduct its “Managing Risk” training course on October 28-29 in San Francisco, prior to the opening of the association’s Annual Trade Event.

Precision Technology

Precision Team: Topcon Acquires Digi-Star

March 23, 2015

Topcon Positioning Group has acquired Digi-Star, a global agricultural solutions provider of precision equipment for feeding, planting, fertilizer, and harvest equipment manufacturers.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Market on Path to Higher and Higher Lows

March 20, 2015

Cotton prices bounced back in response to the time-honored adage, “low prices cure low prices.” But there are still a few bumps and curves along the way.

Market Analysis

Plexus: Market Bumps on Weaker Dollar and U.S. Supply Questions

March 20, 2015

While most commodity prices turned lower again, cotton rallied a bit, thanks to a constructive U.S. export sales report. But the big question going forward is how many tenderable grades are left in the U.S.?