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Cotton Quality and Yields

Quality Must Be A Priority For Producers

By Doug Wilde Producer San Angelo, Texas Commitment To Cotton Since the early years of my life, all I have known is cotton. It started out when I rode on the tractor with my father, hauling cotton trailers to the gin with my grandfather, and now I have followed in their footsteps to make raising cotton my life. The changes ... Read More »

Drought May Affect Fiber Properties At Gin

All of the current crop production discussion as I write this note in August for September publication has been about the loss of the U.S. corn crop due to record-breaking drought and heat in many parts of the Corn Belt. The cotton crop also is having its struggles, and the USDA August cotton production report has pegged the U.S. 2012 ... Read More »

This Year’s Crop Overcame Heat, Drought

MISSOURI Mike Milam milammr@missouri.edu According to the Missouri Crop Progress and Condition Report for the week ending Aug. 12, cotton setting bolls and beyond was 81 percent, 10 days behind last year and 12 days behind normal. Cotton opening bolls was nine percent, 12 days ahead of last year and nine days ahead of normal. Cotton condition was 12 percent ... Read More »

Dealing With Details

Lucas Pitre Direct Agronomics LLC Ville Platte, La. After several years of working for a consulting firm, this past year I had the opportunity to start my own agricultural consulting business. Throughout the year, I have learned the importance of details. Having information organized in an easy-to-access manner and planning efficient travel routes have proven to save significant time and ... Read More »

Learning Experience: Producers Make Memorable Trip To North Dakota

By Tommy Horton Editor No matter how much know-ledge a farmer may have about his chosen profession, there is always room to learn more. And that is exactly what 13 Southern producers did last month when they visited North Dakota. The group was participating in the National Cotton Council’s Multi-Commodity Education Program (MCEP), which brings together producers from the Sunbelt ... Read More »

Mills Expect Better Quality For Cotton

By Bill Dwyer Senior Manager – Advisory FC Stone Australia Higher Expectations During the last decade, the cotton requirements of spinning mills have undergone a quantum leap. With a far greater understanding of the components of cotton quality today than 10 years ago, the expectations placed upon the supply chain are far greater than ever before. With faster and more ... Read More »

Missouri Gin Committed To Quality

By Tommy Horton Editor The Missouri Bootheel region has always had a reputation for producing high-quality cotton. However, it takes a united effort from producers and ginners to maintain such an enviable record of achievement. One example of how this region’s ginning sector is committed to delivering superior cotton can be found at the Farmers Union Gin in Senath, Mo. ... Read More »