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October 2014 Industry News

Bayer CropScience recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest research facility, a $17 million, 76,000- square foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse and headhouse addition to its site in Memphis, Tenn. The site is a hub for cultivating cotton and soybean solutions for the international market. Read More »

September 2014 Industry News

USDA Accepting Comments On Monsanto’s New Technology USDA is now accepting public comments on the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Monsanto’s next generation dicamba-tolerant weed management technologies, Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton. This follows USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announcement that it has completed the draft EIS on Roundup Ready 2 ... Read More »

Are you encouraged about the prospect of increased cotton acres in 2014?

At Valent, we are very excited about the possibility of increased cotton acres in 2014. This certainly ties in nicely with our new Fierce herbicide that will help us in the ongoing battle with resistant pigweeds. We had good cotton last year even in situations where we didn’t think we could make it. I am just really excited to see those acres coming back. There is a real sense of anticipation and optimism for cotton producers here in the Mid-South. Read More »

Ag Secretary Vilsack Announces Cotton Board Appointments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the appointment of 17 members and 17 alternates to The Cotton Board. The Cotton Board is appointed by the Secretary to oversee the Cotton Research & Promotion Program. All appointees will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2014, and ending Dec. 31, 2016. Read More »

Industry News

Red River Crops Conference To Address Variety Of Topics Producers in the Red River area of Oklahoma and Texas will have a chance to hear an update on several important ag production topics on Jan. 28-29 at the Southwest Technology Center in Altus, Okla. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. each morning, and the program concludes at 4 p.m. On ... Read More »

What are you hoping for in the 2014 cotton crop season?

I am hoping for a lot of things, and I certainly hope that by the time this magazine is published in January that we’ll have a Farm Bill. We need for that to happen, along with a settlement of the WTO/Brazil case. And I am also hoping for some stability in the markets – especially as it pertains to China and India. It distresses me that these two countries’ actions can have such a significant impact on what happens to U.S. cotton in terms of cotton prices. Read More »