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  • Bloom Period Considerations

    Bloom Period Considerations

    The National Agricultural Statistics Service October Crop Production report estimated Arkansas cotton production to be at 1,088 pounds lint per acre, unchanged from last month but down 4 pounds from 2015. This exceeds our 5-year average of 1,073 pounds lint per acre by 15 pounds. Our crop continues to be ahead of schedule. As about half of our crop has been harvested this season, the 5-year average for the same date was just shy of 30 percent harvested. Reports of fiber quality have been good. Lack of rainfall during much of the harvest season has resulted in excellent color grades. Just over 45 percent has received a color grade of 31 or better. About 80 percent of the bales classed have a leaf grade of 4 or less. Micronaire values this season have averaged 4.6 with less than 17 percent in the discount range of 5 or greater. In Arkansas, we generally expect to see our early crop outyield our later crop. This is not what most farmers are experiencing this season. The extended wet and cloudy August weather came just as our early crop was starting to open. Reports of 1.25 to 1.5 bales per acre were heard from our early cotton as the occurrence of boll rot and hard lock was great. Fortunately, yields improved as harvest progressed. Our good fields are yielding in excess of 3 bales per acre. The 4-bale yield potential we had in many fields the first part of August slipped away. Read More »
  • High-Quality Cotton Attracting Export Demand, Higher Prices

    High-Quality Cotton Attracting Export Demand, Higher Prices

    Special Report By BLAIR FANNIN TEXAS A&M AGRILIFE The 2016 U.S. cotton crop produced high yields and high-quality fiber, triggering a spike in export demand and higher market prices, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. “No question, we had high-quality cotton produced in 2016 that was widespread across the board,” says Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension cotton marketing economist in College Station. “We had high yields, which resulted in more quality cotton to market. That put us in the cat bird’s seat.” Since August, Robinson says the demand relationship has shifted “outward,” meaning more cotton has been ... Read More »
  • Be On The Lookout

    Be On The Lookout

    Entomologists from South Carolina, Mississippi and Texas offer an early outlook for potentially damaging cotton insect pests By Carroll Smith Editor Rows of young cotton not only are a beautiful sight to behold but also an attractive buffet for insect pests in search of a tasty bite. Entomologists in the Southeast, Mid-South and Texas have issued a be-on-the-lookout advisory for the usual suspects in cotton country. Top Four Arthropods Clemson entomologist Jeremy Greene says the potentially damaging early season arthropod pests he keeps an eye on are thrips, plant bugs, aphids and spider mites. “The thrips forecasting tool developed by North ... Read More »
  • Fall Armyworms Look To Make An Early Start…Again

    Fall Armyworms Look To Make An Early Start…Again

    By Scott Stewart IPM Extension Specialist University of Tennessee It seems that fall armyworms have gotten a running start in recent years. This species does not overwinter in Tennessee, but it may survive warm winters in the extreme southern areas of coastal states during mild winters. It migrates into Tennessee each year. Often, fall armyworms don’t show in substantial numbers until late July or August. However, they are being found further north than usual for this time of year. What does this mean? • Fall armyworms feed on a lot of different hosts. Regularly scout pastures, especially Bermudagrass, as the ... Read More »
  • Maintaining NAFTA Benefits

    Maintaining NAFTA Benefits

    The National Cotton Council believes maintaining the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico is crucial to the U.S. cotton industry’s long-term survival. How important are exports? The U.S. cotton industry is heavily dependent on access to export markets. On average, about 75 percent of cotton production in the United States is sold to foreign buyers as raw cotton fiber, while another 20-25 percent is exported as textile products in the form of yarn, thread or fabric. U.S. cotton exporters face competition from growths originating from countries/regions such as Australia, Brazil, West Africa and Central ... Read More »
  • Coloring Cotton with Cotton

    Coloring Cotton with Cotton

    By Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University A collaborative endeavor has resulted in dyeing cotton with cotton. Archroma has pioneered the concept of using natural wastes and byproducts to synthesize dyes to color textiles. Bryan Dill, from Archroma US Inc., presented the “Earthcolors” technology at the recent international conference of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists in Wilmington, NC. Archroma has synthesized sulfur dyes from natural wastes such as almond shells, cotton gin wastes, plant byproducts and shoots of rosemary, etc. This technology originally came out of Archroma’s unit in Spain. Archroma collaborated with Cary-based Cotton Incorporated in using ... Read More »