The National Cotton Council directors for 2019 were announced at the NCC’s annual meeting recently held in San Antonio, Texas.
National Cotton Council economists point to a few key factors that will shape the U.S. cotton industry’s 2019 economic outlook. This past year can be characterized as a year with significant uncertainty and volatility in the global economy and the world cotton market. For this outlook, the u…
Even if the fall of 2018 marked the “harvest that never ended,” Arkansas growers managed to pull enough rice from the land to mark a 30 percent increase over 2017’s disastrous numbers, which reflected the severe flooding of that year’s spring.
The Canadian County OSU Cooperative Extension Service will be hosting the annual spring crops conference, Feb. 26. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will be held at the Canadian County Fair Grounds Education Building, 220 N. Country Club Rd, El Reno, Oklahoma.
Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14 to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program, launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1. Since its launc…
As temperatures rise and thoughts turn to spring planting, many producers will need to update their training if they are planting dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Randall County will offer a Cotton Insurance and Marketing Workshop Feb. 12 at the Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon.
The multicounty Llano Estacado Cotton Conference will be hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Jan. 29 at the Bailey County Electric Cooperative, 610 East American Blvd., Muleshoe.
The multi-county Top of Texas Cotton Conference will be hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on Jan. 28 at the M. K. Brown Auditorium, 1100 W. Coronado Drive, Pampa.
The Cotton Board is hosting a regional meeting to update cotton producers on Cotton Incorporated-funded research in their area. The West Texas Cotton Research Update will take place on Jan. 29 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Plant Stress Lab in Lubbock, Texas.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Randall County will conduct the annual Pre-Plant Producer Update Meeting from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 30 at the Kuhlman Extension Center, 200 N. Brown Road, Canyon.
Cotton producers may need to dial in their planting populations to reduce input costs, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study.
The annual Caprock Crop Production Conference, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Floyd and Crosby counties, will be Jan. 25, 2019, at the Floyd County Friends Unity Center.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Briscoe County will present a Cotton Pre-Plant Meeting on Jan. 18, 2019, in the Happy State Bank Pioneer Room, 500 Main St., Silverton.
If there anything summed up the 2018 production year for U.S. soybean growers, it’s a bar chart extension economist Scott Stiles created showing exports for the week of Nov. 30.
This year’s adverse weather and increased cotton acres may mean it’s taking you a little longer to get your cotton ginned. USDA’s Farm Service Agency offers seed cotton recourse loans to provide interim financing while you wait.
The sixth annual Red River Crops Conference: Planning for Success, offering crop production information designed for southwest Oklahoma and the Texas Rolling Plains, is set for Jan. 23 to 24, 2019, in the Childress Event Center, 1100 NW 7th St. in Childress.
Given current soybean prices, many producers will consider planting additional acres of corn, wheat and cotton in 2019. While final spring 2019 planting decisions are months away, fertilizer, and especially nitrogen, are a significant share of the crop budgets for these crops. This column re…
U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency State Executive Director SED Scott Biggs reminds Oklahoma producers that Dec. 7 is the final day for seed cotton producers who want to participate in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2018 crop to submit …
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Nov. 19 announced the appointment of eight members, eight alternate members and two advisors to serve on the Cotton Board.
At the Cotton Sourcing USA Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz., Cotton Council International President Ted Schneider updated the more than 400 attendees on how the U.S. cotton industry intends to meet its 2025 sustainability goals. Central to his remarks was the introduction of the U.S. Cotton Trust…
Soybean and cotton producers who use a broadleaf herbicide that has been under the scrutiny of federal regulators the past two years has received the green light for the 2019 growing season.
On Oct. 31, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it is extending the registration of dicamba for two years for “over-the-top” use (application to growing plants) to control weeds in fields for cotton and soybean plants genetically engineered to resist dicamba. This action was …
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced recently that U.S. cotton is free—after more than 100 years—of the devastating pink bollworm. This pest has cost U.S. producers tens of millions of dollars in yearly control costs and yield losses. Thanks to rigorous control and regulatory…
Heavy rains covering much of Arkansas have further slowed harvest for both cotton and soybeans, and are already causing significant discounts in payout to growers, experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture said recently.
The silverleaf whitefly is known to reproduce on more than 500 host plants and is active year-round, making it a serious economic pest. The best opportunity for managing the severity of SLWF infestations is to minimize populations moving from one cropping system to another.
When it comes to farming cotton, Kenneth McAlister has his bases covered— and most of his fields. The third-generation farmer switched to a no-till system 10 years ago. Over the last four years, he has been planting cover crops in the majority of the 10,000 acres he collectively farms with h…
The 2019 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, set for Jan. 8 to 10 at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana, will provide insight on current research and emerging technology—to help attendees improve production, processing and marketing efficiency.
What started out as a potential breakthrough year for Arkansas cotton may pivot to a profound disappointment as late summer and early fall rains continue to saturate crops in the northeastern corner of the state.
Arkansas farmers accelerated harvest operations in the wake of excessive rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon, and those that are under way are making good crops.
Energy costs represent 20 percent of the total cost of ginning and vary widely across facilities. Identifying best practices for reducing energy consumption is important to gin owners, managers, and operators.
It won’t be long now before cotton harvesters are running on the Texas High Plains, and although the first bale hasn’t yet been harvested, that is expected to come within the next few weeks.
Discussions are continuing relative to the 2018 farm bill, but Oklahoma cotton producers who wish to participate in the agricultural risk coverage or price loss coverage programs need to be aware of certain key dates this fall.
During its recent annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, The Cotton Board reviewed and voted to recommend Cotton Incorporated’s proposed 2019 budget of $82 million to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The Cotton Board elected Peter McGrath, an importer, as chairman of the board, and an enti…
The number of active cotton gins in Arkansas rose to 33 in 2017, paralleling an increase in cotton acres, according to statistics from the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Thousands of acres of soybeans in eastern Arkansas are under attack from a tiny pest against which they have little or no natural defenses, said John Rupe, professor of plant pathology for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that seed cotton producers, who want to participate in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2018 crop year, may now submit applications. The signup period will end Dec. 7.
Fifteen cotton producers from the southwest and far west cotton production regions observed cotton operations in Arkansas and Tennessee as part of the National Cotton Council’s Producer Information Exchange program.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct more seed cotton program sign-up workshops in August to inform producers of the changes from the recently reinstated government program, an agency economist said.
Texas Tech University’s Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, in conjunction with the Lubbock Cotton Exchange, will host the 38th session of the Texas International Cotton School, from Aug. 6 to 16.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that seed cotton producers, who want to participate in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2018 crop year, may now submit applications. The signup period begins today and ends on Dec. 7.
Textile executives representing 11 companies from Vietnam got a better understanding of how U.S. cotton can add value to the products they manufacture when they recently traveled across the U.S. Cotton Belt.
Put farmers of different commodities and regionalities together on a bus tour. Add in visits to different cropping and livestock systems. Stir in a dash of local and state political commentary. Simmer for a week.
Much like producers’ fields across the High Plains, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service cotton trials are seeing a significant difference in performance this year between dryland and irrigated trials.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency is notifying farmers with generic base acres that planted seed cotton that a new tool is available to assist them in understanding how the new seed cotton program may affect their FSA payments. It helps a producer make decisions on how t…