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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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

Pest Thresholds In Cotton

Monitoring cotton pest thresholds has proven to be one of the more successful tools for keeping insect pressures in check. In the West, established research-based thresholds aid in determining treatment of cotton pests. Adherence to those standards can be the difference between making or breaking the crop. “These work in the majority of situations, provided producers stay within the guidelines,” ... Read More »

Taking aim

Researchers Set Their Sights On Target Spot Control, But Several Questions Remain By Vicky Boyd Managing Editor Although researchers are gaining a better understanding of the fungal pathogen that causes target spot, they admit they still have a lot of unanswered questions. Unlike many pests, where growers treat once a threshold is reached, deciding when to apply a fungicide for ... Read More »

Technology Continues To Evolve

What about world fiber consumption? A major reason behind the decline of cotton’s share of global fiber consumption is that global synthetic fiber production capacity is three times the level of global cotton production. That helps explain why on today’s retail shelves polyester is found in about 60 percent of garments. That equates to approximately 21.3 million tons of polyester ... Read More »

7 Tips for Successful Cotton Planting

From planting depth to thrips control, North Carolina cotton experts designed these reminders to help you achieve optimal stands and good early season growth. By Guy Collins North Carolina State University The wet and cold 2016 planting season we encountered in North Carolina reminded us all about the fragility of cotton seed and the difficulty in establishing an adequate stand ... Read More »

Unstain Your Style

National Prime Rib Day, National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day and National Wine Day – there is actually a national food holiday for every single day of the calendar year. To engage with consumers and take advantage of conversations happening around these celebrations, which often trend on social media, Cotton Incorporated merged two of consumers’ favorite social passion points — food ... Read More »