Tagged Opinion


Cotton and the Looming Farm Bill

February 27, 2018

Cotton just scored a big victory in Washington DC. But there’s still work to be done, and we need to give credit where it’s due.


Cotton’s New Year’s Resolutions

January 10, 2018

What would a list of New Year’s Resolutions look like for the U.S. cotton industry? Beck Barnes has some thoughts to consider.


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.


Several Factors Vital to U.S. Cotton Industry Growth

October 31, 2017

Maintaining market share, enhanced consumer awareness and continued investments in research and development are needed to keep the U.S. cotton industry advancing.


Five-Year-Old Girl Enthused by Cotton Research

October 27, 2017

A visit to a cotton research lab can help encourage students – even five-year-old girls – to consider a career in science.


Outlook Still Optimistic for Texas Cotton

September 2, 2017

Hurricane Harvey has focused the eyes of the world on Texas. Although cotton losses along the Gulf Coast are substantial, there is still optimism for a bumper crop as the High Plains moves toward harvest.


Some New Thoughts for the Cotton Industry

August 23, 2017

Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar of Texas Tech spent part of his summer in India, observing and discussing the country’s cotton industry and goals. He shares some of his observations in this commentary.


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.


Global Cotton Must Confront Polyester

February 23, 2017

In the face of massive shifts in consumption, member nations of the WTO must hold polyester to the same standards as cotton.


Is Our 2017 Acreage Estimate Too Low?

January 10, 2017

If our estimate holds true, or if it proves lower than what actually transpires next season, it could mean great things for American cotton in 2017 and beyond.


Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy

September 7, 2016

At a key moment in the registration process for new weed control technologies, a few irresponsible farmers are threatening to jeopardize it all.

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Cotton Incorporated Strikes Back

June 28, 2016

When bullies come after our industry, who is better equipped to stare them down than Cotton Incorporated?


For Vilsack, the Time is Now

March 1, 2016

It’s time for Tom Vilsack to provide some value to America’s beleaguered cotton industry.


Finding the Next Generation of Cotton Farmers

December 8, 2015

The cotton industry needs an influx of young energy that have an eye on the health of American cotton as a whole. The good news is that young people open to a career in agriculture exist.


Talkin’ Turkey About Political Trade Games

May 8, 2015

It’s true that politics makes strange bedfellows. The same can be said about international trade.


Some Perspective on This Dwindling Cotton Acreage

April 2, 2015

We released the results from our annual Cotton Grower Acreage Survey in January. There is a degree of anxiety that comes with being the first out of the gate. But it feels good when our number lines up with everyone else’s.


Bandless Bales May Be Too Risky

March 4, 2015

A new bale packaging technique may be more trouble than it’s worth.


Growing Up in Cotton – Delta Style

March 3, 2015

Scott Coopwood knows why the Delta cotton lifestyle of his boyhood has vanished. But by looking back, he remains hopeful for the region’s cotton future.

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Common Thread

Changing the WTO Narrative

March 2, 2015

American cotton has been a favorite target of the WTO for long enough.


A Look Back at “King Cotton”

December 2, 2014

Sometimes those of us in the cotton business need a reminder – a look back, if you will – at cotton’s heritage, how we got where we are, and what it all means to a broader audience.

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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.

Product News

PhytoGen Expands Portfolio of W3FE Varieties for 2018

March 15, 2018

PhytoGen has added five new varieties with WideStrike 3 Insect Protection and the Enlist cotton trait to its existing portfolio of W3FE varieties for 2018.

Product News

Indigo Cotton Shows Significant Yield Gains in Second Year

March 13, 2018

Preliminary data from its second commercial season shows that Indigo Cotton demonstrated an average yield gain of 14% in commercial fields of West Texas.

Product News

INTL FCStone Enhances Structured Products Online Calculator

March 7, 2018

Online pricing and hedging tool adds custom pricing functionality and mobile access.

Product News

PhytoGen Tops Extension Trials Across the Cotton Belt

March 6, 2018

PhytoGen brand varieties continued their success in university Extension variety trials in 2017.

Product News

Monsanto Launches Mobile App to Aid XtendiMax Application

February 27, 2018

A free mobile app to help growers and applicators successfully apply XtendiMax Herbicide with VaporGrip Technology is now available from Monsanto.

Product News

DowDuPont Ag to be Corteva Agriscience

February 27, 2018

The Agriculture Division of DowDuPont will be renamed Corteva Agriscience when the division becomes a separate company in 2019.

Product News

The Seam Joins Field to Market

February 23, 2018

The Seam is now an affiliate member of Field to Market, hoping to link sustainability data with blockchain technology.

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Precision Technology

NC State Grad Students Surveying Precision Ag Use

March 20, 2018

A team of NC State University graduate students wants your input on how row crop growers are currently using precision agriculture in their farming operations.

Cotton Production

New Video Series Details Benefits of Cover Crops

March 19, 2018

A new online video series from Cotton Incorporated, in conjunction with the University of Tennessee, explains the benefits of integrating cover crops into cotton growing operations.

Market Analysis

Demand, Weather Concerns Driving Strong Trade

March 16, 2018

The market seldom sees a three-year price stream so favorable.

Market Analysis

Shurley: Pulling the Trigger on the 2018 Crop

March 16, 2018

Producing a cotton crop ultimately commits you to also sell the crop. But at what point do you say the price is “good enough?”

Disease Control / Nematodes

Warm Spring Could Spark Nematode Activity

March 14, 2018

Despite freezing January temperatures that reduced nematode buildup in fields, warmer spring temperatures could quickly stir them back into action.


Ramkumar Receives Two Prestigious Textiles Honors

March 14, 2018

Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, a professor and researcher with Texas Tech and frequent contributor to Cotton Grower, has been awarded two of the most prestigious honors in the textiles field.


The Right Man for the Job

March 13, 2018

New NCC Chairman Ron Craft is more than ready for the challenges ahead for cotton.


Pink Bollworm Driving India Cotton Estimates Down

March 12, 2018

Pink bollworm infestation is pushing cotton production estimates down in India this year, due to crop damage in some of the country’s major cotton growing states.

Market Analysis

Multiple Factors Driving Cotton’s Price Growth

March 9, 2018

The fundamentals of supply and demand – among other factors – continue to drive cotton prices toward the high 80s.


Cotton Inc. Technologies at Play in Kids’ Clothing

March 8, 2018

Several well-known brands and retailers are offering new product lines featuring technologies developed by Cotton Incorporated.

Production Outlook / Acreage

Cotton Highlights from March WASDE Report

March 8, 2018

March’s USDA World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates show lower production, higher exports and lower ending stocks for the U.S., as world production, consumption and ending stocks all move slightly higher.