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Cotton Gin Trash Finds New Life In Power Production

Finding sustainable markets for gin trash, wood chips and other waste products could be viable in producing more electrical power for a growing global population, according to researchers. A demonstration was held recently on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station showcasing a biomass- fueled fluidized bed gasifier, using cotton gin trash and wood chips to power an ... Read More »

Alabama Cotton Crop Escapes Major Hurricane Damage

By Katie Wendland Alabama Extension Cotton producers are looking toward harvest in the wake of two major hurricanes that slammed into the Texas and Florida coasts. Hurricane Irma, though not originally expected to affect Alabama, hit many areas of the state with tropical storm-force winds and heavy rainfall. For some producers, rain was a welcome sight. Other producers’ fields took ... Read More »

Future Improvements Build On Past Successes

The U.S. cotton industry recently formalized goals to help further reduce the environmental impact of U.S.-grown cotton — a step that will improve the raw material’s popularity in the global textile sector. How did this come about? Four years ago, Cotton LEADS™ was co-founded by the U.S. and Australian cotton industries. The program is educating the cotton supply chain on ... Read More »

Cloudy Irrigation Outlook

Water regulations, including sustainable groundwater act, make uncertainty the norm for California growers By Vicky Boyd Managing Editor During the six-year California drought that ended earlier this year, Travis Fugitt watched as the standing water level in his wells dropped to about 250 feet from 160 feet. A fourth-generation producer of cotton and diversified row and tree crops near Bakersfield, California, ... Read More »

A ‘Regulatory’ Drought

California water supply unpredictability complicates producers’ short- and long-term planning. By Vicky Boyd Managing Editor California received near-record rains and snow this past winter, filling reservoirs to the brim and prompting irrigation districts to allocate full water supplies. But cotton producers say the precipitation did little to eliminate the uncertainty caused by years of “regulatory drought” that reduces surface water supplies ... Read More »

Pre-Harvest Decisions

ARIZONA As the cotton-growing season winds down and final irrigations have been made, we begin to look at decisions for harvest preparation and harvest aids application. There are two main components of this decision, and each can be influenced by a variety of factors. The two components are timing and material. Both can be influenced by many factors including crop ... Read More »

Cross Hedging Whole Cottonseed

By Wesley S. Regmund, John Robinson, David Anderson and John Park Editor’s Note: Although this study is primarily focused on Texas markets, the authors say the same methods can be used nationwide with presumably similar results. Cottonseed is an important joint product of upland cotton production, where roughly 700 pounds of seed on average are produced from each 480-pound bale ... Read More »