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Cotton prices rebound, but supplies remain high

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Cotton prices recently bounced back following a steady fall driven by the pandemic’s effect on U.S. and global demand, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. John Robinson, AgriLife Extension cotton economist, Bryan-College Station, said the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture cotton estimate report, however, likely means prices won’t continue to climb. Robinson said cotton prices were ... Read More »

South Texas Reflections

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My father, David Fisher, was born in 1920 in Wichita County, Texas, and moved to Willacy County after serving in the U.S. Navy from 1940-1946. He was chief quarter-master on the Mahan-class USS Preston destroyer. A Japanese cruiser sent her to the bottom of the ocean off Guadalcanal Nov. 14, 1942. Dad lost more than half his shipmates. After 14.5 ... Read More »

Hurricane Hanna devastates Texas Rio Grande cotton

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Cotton producers in the Rio Grande Valley took a devastating hit from Hurricane Hanna, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Other row crops like corn and sorghum were harvested before the storm arrived, but some alternative crops like sesame and citrus experienced damages as well. Dr. Holly Davis, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Weslaco, said Hurricane Hanna took an ... Read More »

Plains Cotton Growers elect new officers, Executive Committee

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Brent Nelson of Sudan, Texas, was elected president of Plains Cotton Growers Inc. for 2020-2021 during the group’s quarterly Board of Directors meeting recently via Zoom. Joining Nelson on the PCG officer team are Martin Stoerner of Lockney, elected vice president; and Travis Mires of O’Donnell, elected secretary-treasurer of the 42-county cotton producer organization. The immediate past president, Stacy Smith ... Read More »

Redoubling The Effort

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Industry Focuses On Prevention To Reduce Growing Plastic Contamination Issue • By Vicky Boyd, Managing Editor • Plastic contamination has long been the bane of the U.S. cotton industry, which prides itself on producing a clean, quality product. Efforts to reduce the problem have redoubled in the past few years as plastic contamination continues to grow, partly due to new ... Read More »

Lonestar Gin Up And Running

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The Pampa, Texas, Facility Was Built To Gin 150,000 Bales Per Year. Over the past two decades, cotton acreage has expanded significantly into the Texas Panhandle. Corn has historically been a mainstay crop in this area, but diminishing irrigation capacity and rotational crop needs have many growers seeking profitable alternatives. Gins are critical infrastructure to ensure timely cotton processing. The ... Read More »