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Webcasts Will Aid Planting Decisions

As planting dates get closer, producers often think of two things: picking the best varieties and ensuring they mature safely through the growing season. Two new webcasts from “Focus on Cotton,” a joint publication project between Cotton Incorporated and the Plant Management Network, offer information and tips that help producers do just that: “Cotton Variety Selection” by Mike Jones, associate ... Read More »

Texas Industry Stays Optimistic

BY TOMMY HORTON EDITOR When it comes to optimism about a new crop season, nobody exudes a positive attitude better than Texas cotton producers and ginners. Yes, the state is still in the midst of a three-year drought, but there are some encouraging signs as everyone prepares for 2014. Tony Williams, executive vice president of the Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association, ... Read More »

OSHA Continues To Propose New Rules

OSHA has rewritten the Hazard Communication Standard, and all employers (including agricultural employers) were required to have their workers trained on this new standard by Dec. 1. This rulemaking is complete and being implemented. A second rulemaking that would directly affect agriculture was proposed earlier in the month. Under current rules, all workplaces with 10 or more employees are required ... Read More »

New Lummus Facility To Help Gin Customers

BY TOMMY HORTON EDITOR Being a ginner in the Texas Cotton High Plains has become significantly easier – if you are looking for quick repair on equipment or in need of a new part. That is the general consensus from ginners after the opening of the Lummus global parts facility in Lubbock last fall. The facility, located close to the ... Read More »

Ginners Must Stay Vigilant In Battle Against Contamination

CONTAMINATION…It’s an ugly word (you’ll hear it a lot in this article). I know it, you know it and the U.S. cotton industry has done a GREAT job over the years reducing contamination to the point that it is almost non-existent. That is a wonderful accomplishment, but it’s also an opportunity to become complacent. We cannot let that happen. Farmers ... Read More »

Large Crowd Turns Out For Southern Ginners Meeting

The Southern Cotton Ginners’ Association (SCGA) attracted a crowd of more than 200 to its summer meeting at the Beau Rivage Hotel in Biloxi, Miss., and a wide range of issues was discussed at the event. Several key speakers made presentations at the open session of the meeting – including Tim Price and Larry Davis (Southern Cotton Ginners), Brad Robb ... Read More »

Robert Royal : SCGA’s President Wants Cotton Stability

EDITOR’S NOTE: Robert Royal is a farmer-ginner in Midnight, Miss., and is currently serving as president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association. In this in-depth interview with Cotton Farming magazine, he discusses a wide range of issues confronting the Mid-South ginning industry as well as the entire Cotton Belt. Can cotton achieve some kind of stability in the next few ... Read More »