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Commodity markets surge as USDA reports 2021 planting intentions

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• By Ryan McGeeney • As world markets slowly unfurl from the global knot of the COVID-19 pandemic, futures markets for both soybean and corn responded in a powerfully positive manner March 31 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Prospective Plantings Report. The report, conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, reflects producers’ intended acreage for crops across ... Read More »

Enroll your 2021 crop today in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol

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Beginning April 1, U.S. cotton growers can enroll their 2021 cotton crop in the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, which aims to set a new standard in more sustainably grown cotton. Existing members will also need to re-enroll their operations to receive the year-over-year data from the Fieldprint calculator that helps track sustainability progress at the farm level. The Trust Protocol ... Read More »

USDA: 2021 cotton plantings expected to drop less than 1%

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its perspective planting report for 2021, and it shows U.S. cotton growers plan to plant about 12.03 million acres — or less than a 1% reduction nationwide compared to 2020. Upland area is estimated at 11.9 million acres, up slightly from 2020. American Pima area is estimated at 142,000 ... Read More »

MSU’s conservation tool helps improve profitability for farmers

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• By Vanessa Beeson • Two Mississippi State researchers and pioneers in the growing field of economically targeted conservation are showing farmers that making money off their land can be feasible even when the land isn’t producing. Wes Burger and Mark McConnell, MSU researchers in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, are launching the MSU Precision Conservation Tool. The decision-making ... Read More »

Varieties and environment key to successful cotton yields

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New varieties, coupled with improved nematode management and fertility practices, have helped increase cotton yields. And Clemson University cotton specialist says if environmental conditions cooperate, South Carolina cotton farmers could see an increase in yields this year. During the 2021 Cotton Growers Meeting, held online, Clemson Cooperative Extension Service cotton specialist Mike Jones said variety and environment are key to ... Read More »

Clean Cotton

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Mississippi State University researcher tackles plastic in cotton. Cotton is one of Mississippi’s top agricultural commodities. With 780 farms and 1,600,000 bales produced in 2019, it is clear why Mississippi ranks third in the nation for cotton production. Cotton’s role extends well beyond the state line, however, as it is found in clothing, fabrics, and even cosmetics across the globe. ... Read More »