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Producer’s Priorities Dictate Variety Choices

By Fred Bourland Keiser, Ark. EDITOR’S NOTE – Fred Bourland is a cotton breeder and manager of the Northeast Ag Research Station in Keiser, Ark. In the following report, he discusses the important decisions facing a cotton producer when he chooses new varieties to plant. Choosing the best cotton variety for a given situation can be highly beneficial to a ... Read More »

Planting Decisions Start Now For 2015

It is a consistent theme each year when cotton seed companies announce their lineups for the new crop season. Some varieties have a longer shelf life than others and remain on the market. Meanwhile, new ones always appear – or so it seems. The question is how does a farmer make an informed decision with so many options. As you’ll ... Read More »

Melvin Clanton – Thrives In The ‘Hills’

For anyone unfamiliar with cotton production in Mississippi, two primary regions exist – one in the Delta and another in the Hills. They are distinctly different and require special approaches for growing the crop. The Delta is adjacent to the Mississippi River and covers an area stretching from Memphis south to Greenville. The Hills constitute a region extending from the ... Read More »

Aflatoxin Can Affect Cotton Profitability

The deflating effects of aflatoxin on cottonseed prices in the West continue to affect producers along the Colorado River and Central Arizona. Hundred-dollar spreads between clean and unclean seed are not uncommon in a region where seed prices consistently rise above those in the rest of the Cotton Belt. These days, even though cottonseed plays a larger role in the economic mix of the cotton crop, aflatoxin seemingly draws less attention with producers than it does with those who market the cottonseed for them. Read More »

Texas Turnaround

Steve Verett

Just what is "typical" anyway? That seems to be a debatable question here on the High Plains, where the last three years have been anything but. Even the last good year, 2010, also was not "typical," with the area's highest production and lowest abandonment in recorded history. As executive vice president of Plains Cotton Growers, Inc., a cotton producer organization representing thousands of hard-working farmers in 41 counties on the High Plains, I've noticed... Read More »

Resilient Cotton

Arkansas Producer Sam Stuckey’s Crop Has Weathered The Storm Cotton has always had a reputation for being able to withstand a lot of adversity during a long production season. If you want proof of that statement, pay a visit to the Stuckey Farms operation in eastern Arkansas. That’s where you’ll find a remarkable crop that has already withstood heavy rains. ... Read More »

TCGA Anticipates Bigger Crop

The Texas Cotton Ginners’ Association summer meeting at the Lost Pines Resort near Austin and Bastrop was dominated by one theme – the potential for a bigger crop in 2014. Timely rains earlier this summer created an excellent opportunity for the state’s producers. “I would say that the recent rains have definitely generated more optimism among our association’s ginners,” says ... Read More »