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Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Mark Lange, who served as president and chief executive officer for the National Cotton Council from 2003 until his retirement in 2015, is the recipient of the 2016 Harry S. Baker Distinguished Service Award. He was honored during the National Cotton Council’s 2017 annual meeting held in Dallas, Texas, Feb. 10-12. The award, named for the late California industry ... Read More »

Texas Poised To Lead The Way

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TCGA Annual Meeting & Trade show BY TONY WILLIAMS TCGA EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT As cotton planters prepare to roll across Texas, a feeling of anticipation is in the air — and for good reason. Most areas experienced an exceptional crop in 2016, soil moisture is good, the market is looking up, and plans to build a large gin in the ... Read More »

Arizona Ginner Charles C. Owen Honored

Lifetime Achievement Award Arizona Ginner Honored The late Charles C. Owen, an Arizona ginner whose career was marked by his strong desire to advance the U.S. cotton industry through quality preservation, research, employee education and outreach to U.S. cotton’s customers, is the recipient of the 2016 Oscar Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at the National Cotton Council’s ... Read More »

Facing The Challenges

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Southern Southeastern ANNUAL MEETING By Carroll Smith Editor Southeast cotton producers and ginners gathered in Charlotte, N.C., prior to the beginning of the 2017 season to meet and share ideas about how to address important issues that affect the industry on regional, national and international levels. Kent Fountain, president of Southeastern Cotton Ginners Association Inc., and David Dunlow, president of ... Read More »

Preparing For Planting Season

The National Agricultural Statistics Service October Crop Production report estimated Arkansas cotton production to be at 1,088 pounds lint per acre, unchanged from last month but down 4 pounds from 2015. This exceeds our 5-year average of 1,073 pounds lint per acre by 15 pounds. Our crop continues to be ahead of schedule. As about half of our crop has been harvested this season, the 5-year average for the same date was just shy of 30 percent harvested. Reports of fiber quality have been good. Lack of rainfall during much of the harvest season has resulted in excellent color grades. Just over 45 percent has received a color grade of 31 or better. About 80 percent of the bales classed have a leaf grade of 4 or less. Micronaire values this season have averaged 4.6 with less than 17 percent in the discount range of 5 or greater. In Arkansas, we generally expect to see our early crop outyield our later crop. This is not what most farmers are experiencing this season. The extended wet and cloudy August weather came just as our early crop was starting to open. Reports of 1.25 to 1.5 bales per acre were heard from our early cotton as the occurrence of boll rot and hard lock was great. Fortunately, yields improved as harvest progressed. Our good fields are yielding in excess of 3 bales per acre. The 4-bale yield potential we had in many fields the first part of August slipped away. Read More »

Showtime In The South

By Carroll Smith, Editor For more than six decades, a major stop along the way to a new cotton farming season is the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show. This year’s event will be held at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn., March 3-4. Everyone also is invited to attend the Southern Cotton Ginners Association and Foundation Annual Meetings, which ... Read More »

Sweet Home Alabama A 2016 Cotton Pictorial

By Carroll Smith, Editor Cody Ewing farms with his grandfather, Jerry Marsh, in Blount County, Ala., between Huntsville and Birmingham. Marsh began farming cotton many years ago, ventured into soybeans in the 1980s, and later tried his hand at fruits and vegetables. Ewing helped out on the farm from the time he was old enough to drive a tractor. “My ... Read More »