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Cotton Farming is the official publication of the ginning industry.

  • 2018 Seed Variety Guide

    2018 Seed Variety Guide

    Yield, Quality And Traits The menu of cotton varieties from which to choose in 2018 includes a host of high-yielding, good quality selections. To help you get started, seed companies from across the Cotton Belt provided information about their headliners on pages 10, 11, 12, 13 and 16 in the annual Seed Variety Guide published by Cotton Farming. Discuss priorities with your consultant and seed representative to match your operation’s needs with these outstanding characteristics and traits. And then place your order for the upcoming 2018 season with confidence. Read More »
  • California Cotton Fungal Disease Moves Into Texas

    California Cotton Fungal Disease Moves Into Texas

    Western report Fusarium Race 4 (FOV-4), a serious soil and seedborne cotton fungal disease, has found its way to Texas and threatens upland cotton production with potentially significant yield losses. Cotton breeder Dr. Jim Olvey and others are determined to ensure its impact on U.S. upland cotton will be minimized. With the help of farmers early in the 2016 season, Jim and his son, Mike Olvey, observed symptoms of FOV-4 in the Texas Upper Rio Grande Valley. By 2017, after speaking with growers and visiting farms in the surrounding area, the Olveys estimate that more than 100 fields have exhibited ... Read More »
  • Water In The West  And Our Future

    Water In The West And Our Future

    Special Report By Julie Murphree Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director I recently connected with the Sheely family of California and Arizona to talk about water in the west and some of the unique issues we face out here where the sagebrush and saguaro stand tall. Ted Sheely is a lettuce, cotton, tomato, onions, wheat, wine grape, garlic and pistachio farmer in California’s San Joaquin Valley and is a board member of Global Farmer Network, a farming-advocacy nonprofit. Sheely is also the son-in-law of Cecil Miller, Arizona Farm Bureau president from 1971 to 1992. In a July 29, 2015, commentary published ... Read More »
  • Keep It Clean And Pure In 2017

    Keep It Clean And Pure In 2017

    Taylor R. Sills, Georgia Cotton Commission As growers start the harvest season, it is important to remind them to “keep it clean and pure” this year. Over the past few years, the reputation that the American cotton grower has worked hard to earn has been challenged by contamination of the crop by a variety of foreign materials, including plastic. Producers have to be vigilant to make sure to keep contaminants out of their cotton. There have been reports of bales being sent back to gins, and customers moving elsewhere because of plastic contamination. The cotton industry is committed to improving ... Read More »
  • Low Cottonseed Prices Bring New Challenges

    Low Cottonseed Prices Bring New Challenges

    As the 2017 harvest and ginning season proceeds, many cotton producers and ginners are facing a difficult business climate. What is the overall economic situation? Almost 100 percent of U.S. cotton production is exported as either raw fiber or textiles. As such, our industry is heavily influenced by various global market factors, among them: 1) India’s increased cotton production and potential growing presence in the export market, 2) China’s stocks policy and import quotas and 3) competition from heavily subsidized, foreign-produced manmade fiber. U.S. Department of Agriculture data indicate that since 2014, market returns from cotton and cottonseed have fallen ... Read More »
  • Court Overturns Department Of Labor’s Overtime Rule To Salary Test

    Court Overturns Department Of Labor’s Overtime Rule To Salary Test

    On Aug. 31, a Texas federal judge invalidated the expansion of the federal overtime rule. As the rule was originally written, the salary threshold for employees to qualify as exempt from overtime pay requirements was increased from $23,660 per year to $47,476 per year. District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant found that the Department of Labor does not have the authority to use a salary level test that would effectively eliminate the duties test. He also noted that the mechanism that would automatically adjust the threshold was unlawful. This rule was originally scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1, 2016. ... Read More »