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Market Analysis

U.S. Sales Booming to Meet Bullish Demand

November 17, 2017

Cotton appears to be caught in a battle between supply and supply. And that keeps prices well positioned to stay where they are.

Precision Technology

Are You a Precision Grower?

November 15, 2017

Gathering, analysis and application still seems to be the best basic definition of precision agriculture.

Opinion

Plow Thru Cancer With Me, Won’t You?

November 10, 2017

Cotton Grower Editor/Publisher Beck Barnes gets personal about family and St. Jude...and shares a special request for the cotton community.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Cotton Highlights from November WASDE Report

November 9, 2017

USDA’s WASDE report for November raises U.S. production to 21.4 million bales and shows upward revisions in world consumption based on new data.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Yields, Quality, Consumption Still Rising

November 4, 2017

Reports of high yields, premium quality and growing consumption are keeping prices at the higher end of the trading range.

News

Beltwide Takes to the Sky

November 3, 2017

The 2018 Beltwide Cotton Conferences will focus on elevating efficiencies and managing risks – both from the ground and in the air.

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Companion

Episode 32 – Conaway and Perdue Weigh In On the Farm Bill

October 26, 2017

The Cotton Companion #32 examines dicamba label changes, BASF’s likely move into cotton seed, and the Beltwide Conferences - plus recent comments from Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue regarding the farm bill and hurricane relief in Texas.

Weed Control

No Pesticide Drift Complaints in Georgia in 2017

October 26, 2017

No official pesticide drift complaints due to in-season applications of dicamba or 2,4-D have been reported to the Georgia Department of Agriculture in 2017.

Market Analysis

Bears Growling on Harvest and Demand Challenges

October 22, 2017

Although current trading activity represents a bearish price outlook, Dr. O.A. Cleveland still believes the 65 cent price support will hold. . .even though more experts are abandoning that position.

Market Analysis

Shurley: October Numbers Not As Expected, But Prices Hold

October 18, 2017

USDA’s October production and supply and demand estimates are like apples – pick and choose and you’ll find some numbers you like...and some you won’t.

Harvest

Cool Weather Problems for Texas Panhandle Cotton

October 17, 2017

Poor weather conditions in the Rolling and High Plains of Texas could mean subpar cotton yields for many producers.

News

BASF Agrees to Buy Bayer’s Liberty and Seed Businesses

October 13, 2017

BASF has agreed to acquire significant parts of Bayer’s seed and non-selective herbicide businesses, including Liberty herbicide and the Stoneville and FiberMax cotton seed brands.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Cotton Highlights from October WASDE Report

October 12, 2017

USDA’s WASDE report for October lowers U.S. production and export forecasts for the 2017 crop, while global projections rise slightly due to expected larger crops in other countries.

Market Analysis

Examining Loan Program and Rate Changes for 2017

October 9, 2017

Dr. Don Shurley provides an analysis of what changes in the marketing assistance loan for 2017 could mean for cotton growers.

Market Analysis

Prices Still Sideways as Bearish Moods Grow

October 6, 2017

The market is watching weather and waiting for USDA’s October report. But bearish signs are starting to surface in some segments.

Seed Varieties

Deltapine Retains Top Spot Among Varieties Planted in 2017

October 3, 2017

Deltapine retained the top spot as the most popular cottonseed brand planted in the U.S. in 2017, thanks to strong showings from its varieties in each region of the Cotton Belt.

Market Analysis

Cleveland: Market in Hang On and Wait Mode

October 1, 2017

Cotton prices are holding without clear direction right now, as the market continues to watch USDA projections and harvest conditions for answers.

News

Gap Inc. Joins Cotton LEADS Sustainability Program

September 28, 2017

Gap Inc. is the newest member of Cotton LEADS, a joint Australian/U.S. program aimed to promote responsible cotton production practices.

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Companion

Episode 31 – More on Dicamba, Storms vs USDA

September 22, 2017

The dicamba saga continues, while USDA seems to be ignoring Harvey, Irma and other storms' impact on cotton. Episode 31 of The Cotton Companion covers these topics and more, including an interview with Tennessee Weed Specialist Dr. Larry Steckel.

Cotton Production

U.S. Cotton Sets New Sustainability, Environmental Goals

September 20, 2017

The U.S. cotton industry has set specific goals to help maintain and improve current sustainability and environmental gains over the next eight years.

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Product News

Bayer Shares the Risk with Cotton Farmers

January 26, 2018

Bayer offers replant, crop loss and yield protection to growers who plant FiberMax and Stoneville cotton seed.

Product News

Americot Adds New Sales Support in GA, KS and TX

January 23, 2018

Americot has expanded its sales support team in Georgia, Kansas and the Rolling Plains of Texas.

Product News

Indigo Offers Premium for Indigo Cotton Production

January 9, 2018

Indigo Ag has announced a new program that offers significant price premiums for U.S. cotton growers who contract to grow Indigo Cotton.

Product News

New Bayer Varieties Focus on High Yield, Adaptability

January 5, 2018

Bayer releases five new FiberMax and Stoneville varieties for introduction in 2018.

Product News

New PhytoGen TRiO Guards Cottonseed Investment

January 3, 2018

New PhytoGen TRiO seed treatment helps provide early season protection for young cottonseed from diseases, insects and nematodes.

Product News

Americot Adds Seven to Sales, Research Teams

December 20, 2017

Americot has added seven new sales and research associates to the company’s staff across the Cotton Belt.

Product News

Seven New Varieties in Deltapine Class of 18

December 11, 2017

Seven new varieties – including five Bollgard 3 XtendFlex offerings – join the Deltapine product lineup as the Class of 18.

Product News

Special Roundup Ready PLUS Incentives for Arkansas

December 7, 2017

Monsanto is offering a special Roundup Ready PLUS Crop Management Solutions platform in Arkansas for 2018 for growers planting XtendFlex cotton and Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybean varieties.

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Weed Control

Keeping Texas Weed Pests Under Control

February 20, 2018

A positive year of weed management with new dicamba technologies bodes well for Texas cotton growers in 2018.

Weed Control

Online Training for Auxin Use in AR Now Open

February 20, 2018

Online training is open for Arkansas farmers seeking the mandatory license for ground applications of any dicamba or Enlist 2,4-D

Seed Varieties

High and Rolling Plains Trial Results Now Available

February 20, 2018

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomists in the High Plains and Rolling Plains have released their 2017 Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluation trial results.

Market Analysis

Cotton Prices Settle, Poised to Climb Again

February 16, 2018

The market’s downside move appears to be over, ending a three-week downturn.

Planting

Conservation Grant to Fund GA Cover Crop Research

February 16, 2018

A USDA-sponsored Conservation Innovation Grant will support ongoing University of Georgia research on cover crops and their effects on water quality and availability for row crop production.

News

Cotton Achievement Award Honors Bill Lovelady

February 16, 2018

The late William T. “Bill” Lovelady, a long-time West Texas cotton producer and former NCC president, was honored as recipient of the 2017 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award.

News

Maguire Honored with NCC Cotton Service Award

February 16, 2018

John Maguire, former NCC senior vice president for Washington Operations, is the recipient of the 2017 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award.

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.

Seed Varieties

Texas High Plains Variety Trial Results Now Online

February 15, 2018

The results of the 2017 Replicated Agronomic Cotton Evaluations Trials for the Texas High Plains are now available online.

Weed Control

TX Auxin Training Gets Reciprocal Okay from OK, NM

February 15, 2018

Auxin-specific herbicide training developed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has received reciprocal approval by Oklahoma and New Mexico, allowing producers that operate in those states to attend one training to meet regulatory requirements.

News

NCC Names State Unit Officers for 2018

February 14, 2018

National Cotton Council state unit officers for 2018 were elected at the organization’s recent annual meeting.