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Insect Control

Transform Adding Cotton, Sorghum Exemptions

March 6, 2018

Multiple Section 18 emergency use exemptions from the U.S. EPA for Transform WG insecticide are welcome news to cotton and sorghum growers.

News

Driving Cotton’s Unwavering Goal

March 5, 2018

With Title I coverage restored and the ginning cost share program renewed, the cotton industry remains focused on gaining additional help for growers as the new farm bill debate begins.

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.

Market Analysis

The Market’s Advice: Plant, Plant, Plant!

March 4, 2018

As world and U.S. ending stocks continue to shrink, growers have an opportunity to price the 2018 crop in the low 80s.

Market Analysis

Trucking Issues Limiting Timely Cotton Movement

February 24, 2018

Demand continues to exceed expectations. But new trucking regulations are putting a damper on timely movement of cotton and other ag products.

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.

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

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.

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.

Ginning

Alford, Thompson, Rutherford Receive Ginning Honors

February 13, 2018

Dwayne Alford, Dale Thompson and Ross Rutherford were honored by the National Cotton Ginners Association during the organization’s recent annual meeting.

Promotion

USDA Announces New Cotton Board Appointments

February 12, 2018

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has appointed 13 members, 13 alternate members and one advisor to serve three-year terms on The Cotton Board.

Market Analysis

NCC: Multiple Factors Offer Mixed Signals for Cotton

February 11, 2018

According to NCC economists, a few key factors will shape the U.S. cotton industry’s 2018 economic outlook.

Promotion

Schneider to Head Cotton Council International in 2018

February 10, 2018

Ted Schneider, a producer from Lake Providence, LA, will serve as president of Cotton Council International (CCI) for 2018.

Production Outlook / Acreage

NCC Survey: 13.1 Million Acres of Cotton in 2018

February 10, 2018

The National Cotton Council’s annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey predicts 13.1 million cotton acres this spring – up 3.7% from 2017.

Market Analysis

Talking Curveballs, Credibility and Carryovers

February 9, 2018

The February WASDE report served up a curve ball that caught the industry off guard. For the sake of USDA’s reputation, I hope they are correct.

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.

Latest News
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.