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When Mother Nature Doubles Down

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As part of their daily routine, farmers stand in the fields looking up at the sky to try to determine what cards the weather is holding. They can’t control what is going to happen, but they can make decisions to prepare for the short-term effects or adjust their practices for what might happen in future growing seasons. On this month’s ... Read More »

Advocating For Assistance

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Throughout the year, the National Cotton Council was very persistent in seeking congressional support for much-needed disaster and recovery assistance. How did the NCC push for this? ■ Recognizing the critical need for timely assistance for those who were devastated by Hurricanes Florence, Michael and other natural disasters in 2018 and early 2019, the NCC worked closely with Cotton Belt congressional ... Read More »

One For The Books

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In looking back at the 2018 season, a multitude of adjectives come to mind that describe the weather and field conditions. Wet, hot, dry, windy, sunny, muddy — they ran the gamut this year. Some areas fared well, while others did not. In Specialists Speaking, the state cotton specialists did a good job of recapping what they saw in their ... Read More »

Industry News For November 2018

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Americot Expands Sales, Marketing Team To Support Regional Growth Americot Inc. has added three new sales and marketing team members to its family: Lucy Carmichael, Daniel Nix and Dusty Parker. “Continued growth in West Texas, as well as expansion into new areas, necessitates that we add additional resources to support our customers in the region,” says Chiree Fields, Americot general ... Read More »

Hurricane Michael Ravaged ‘Promising’ Cotton Crop

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• By Clint Thompson • What was an extremely promising Georgia cotton crop was devastated when Hurricane Michael ravaged south Georgia Oct. 10-11. According to Jared Whitaker, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist, the prospects of 1,500 to 1,800 pounds of dryland cotton for some producers were reduced, resulting in 80 to 90 percent losses in some fields. “It’s much ... Read More »

A Roller Coaster Of A Season For Some

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Harvest season is especially busy and stressful for farmers as they often have two or more crops to gather in an eight- to 10-week period. There is also the potential for tropical storms and hurricanes that delay and reduce harvest and shorter days in November, which result in less harvest time. Cotton yields have generally been good with many fields ... Read More »

Come Hell Or High Water

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In the days before Hurricane Michael ripped across the Southeast, social media was blowing up with photos of some of the most beautiful cotton ever. Stunning fields of solid white gold. And then the weather forecast turned ugly. Meteorologists confirmed that Hurricane Michael was gaining strength and headed toward the Florida Panhandle. Southeast cotton farmers were racing the clock to ... Read More »