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What Is Going On In The Cotton Market?

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• By Seshadri Ramkumar • Demand, trade wars and global economic scenarios are all playing their part in the weak cotton market. About 80 people involved in different aspects of the cotton sector gathered recently in the new building of Lubbock, Texas-based Plains Cotton Growers Inc. and discussed the current cotton scenario. Cotton demand is weak, says Darren Hudson, a ... Read More »

Tariffs Weigh Heavily On Cotton Outlook

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• By Yangxuan Liu • In 2019, Georgia’s farmers planted 1.4 million acres of cotton, which is the third-highest planted acreage for the past decade, down 30,000 acres from 2018. The average cotton yield is forecast at 932 pounds per acre. Production is forecast at 2.7 million bales, which would be the second-highest on record. There are three major contributing ... Read More »

Texas A&M Sets Rolling Plains Field Day For Sept. 24

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The annual Rolling Plains Summer Field Day, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Vernon, is set for Sept. 24 at the agency’s Chillicothe Research Station, 1340 Farm-to-Market Road 392, Chillicothe. The free program will begin with registration at 8 a.m. followed by the field tour from 9-11:30 a.m. Lunch will be served, and three general ... Read More »

Insect Pests Pose Problems For Late-Planted Crops, Including Cotton

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When relentless spring rains pushed the planting window wide open, entomologists predicted problems for Arkansas row-crops. That has certainly proven true for the state’s late-planted cotton, soybeans and rice, said Gus Lorenz, Extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Cotton Most of the state’s cotton is now past five nodes above white flower, plus 250 heat ... Read More »

Clemson Field Day Teaches About Soil Health And More

Healthy soils are important for healthy crops and Clemson University researcher Rongzhong Ye says planting cover crops, especially cereal rye, can help rejuvenate South Carolina soils. Cover crops during the off-season can help build organic carbon in the soil, Ye told almost 200 people who attended the 2019 Pee Dee Research and Education Center Field Day. Eight treatments of three ... Read More »

Texas A&M Finds Southwestern Cotton Rust Disease In West Texas

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has found southwestern cotton rust disease in fields in western and southern Gaines County and along the county line between Cochran and Hockley counties. AgriLife Extension specialists say the severity of the disease is still low, and fungicide application is not yet necessary – but producers should be aware of the symptoms. Southwestern cotton ... Read More »

3 Keys To Optimizing Defoliation

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With harvest season less than a month away for some Georgia cotton farmers, knowing when to defoliate is an important decision all growers have to make, according to Mark Freeman, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist. Before cotton can be harvested, the plant’s leaves must be removed through a process called defoliation, which helps speed up the plant’s maturity. ... Read More »