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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.

Market Analysis

Time for Growers to Start Pricing Their 2017 Crop

February 17, 2017

Dr. O.A. Cleveland believes growers should price at least 50% of their anticipated 2017 crop now with the December ICE contract above 74 cents.

Around The Gin
Product News

Protect Cotton Potential from Weeds, Worms and Diseases

July 12, 2017

Southeast cotton producers say latest technologies from PhytoGen help protect yield and quality.

Product News

Monsanto “Troubled” by Arkansas Dicamba Decision

June 26, 2017

Monsanto has weighed in on the Arkansas Plant Board’s proposed ban of dicamba use in the state.

Product News

Drexel Adds Two Regional Sales Reps

June 16, 2017

Kyle Herring and David Davis have joined Drexel Chemical Company as regional sales representatives.

Product News

Dow AgroSciences Launching Enlist Corn in 2018

June 16, 2017

Following the launch of Enlist cotton, Dow AgroSciences will make Enlist corn commercially available for 2018 after receiving Chinese import approvals.

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.

Latest News
News

New Webcast Targets Resistant Ragweed Management

July 19, 2017

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

News

Congress Urges Action on Economic Program for Cotton Producers

July 19, 2017

A bipartisan block of 135 Senators and Representatives are urging support, through USDA, to operate the Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program on a continuing basis, beginning with the 2016 crop year.

Insect Control

How Aggressive Should Bollworm Treatments Be?

July 18, 2017

Mississippi State entomologists offer bollworm treatment suggestions based on what been seen in fields to date and the Bt technologies used.

Opinion

No One Reason for “Frustrating” Dicamba Issue

July 18, 2017

Tennessee Weed Specialist Larry Steckel has walked hundreds of drift-damaged soybean fields in the past few weeks. He shares some opinions about possible reasons for the problem.

Companion

Episode 28 – Dicamba Updates and USDA Acreage Report

July 15, 2017

In the latest episode of the Cotton Companion, Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman discuss USDA's somewhat befuddling Acreage Report, as well as lingering dicamba issues in the Mid-South.

Market Analysis

With Market Oversold, Is Bullish Return Near?

July 14, 2017

The cotton invert continues, as both the U.S. and Australian crops are oversold.

Insect Control

Bollworms Attack Some Texas Cotton, Sorghum

July 14, 2017

Bollworm damage to cotton and grain sorghum is ramping up across parts of Texas.

Market Analysis

Shurley: Prices Continue to Flounder in Lower Range

July 14, 2017

The July USDA crop production and supply and demand estimates report was not bad, but prices continue to show no improvement.

News

Missouri Lifts Dicamba Ban, Tightens Application Rules

July 14, 2017

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has lifted its ban on new dicamba formulations after developing Special Local Need labels and restrictions for their use.

International

International Cotton Leader Showcases Innovations

July 12, 2017

Cotton Incorporated’s Kater Hake urged India producers to find new applications and functionalities for cotton and textile production.

News

Missouri Joins Dicamba Ban; New Emergency Rules in Tennessee

July 12, 2017

Missouri became the second state to ban dicamba on July 7, as drift complaints continue to build in the Mid-South. Now Tennessee has put new rules in place, as well.