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Cotton prices may suffer during coronavirus pandemic

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•By Yangxuan Liu • Along with the life-and-death struggle and the rising cases of COVID-19, financial markets worldwide have lurched lower. The selloff of the U.S. stock market started Feb. 21. Since then, the great coronavirus crash has been frightening in its speed. Even U.S. Treasury bonds and gold, traditionally a safe harbor in times of crisis, have come under ... Read More »

UGA cotton agronomist wants to reduce weather risk through research

jared whitaker

• By Clint Thompson • Georgia’s cotton crop was decimated by Hurricane Michael in 2018. Now, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton agronomist Jared Whitaker is hoping his research will help alleviate some of the risks associated with harvesting cotton when tropical systems arrive in the fall. “With cotton production, we can’t do anything to prevent damage to the crop ... Read More »

‘A Treasure To Reflect’

steve brown

I recall two farm visits during April 1978, my first month as an assistant county agent — cotton pest management in Lawrence County, Alabama. One involved a replant situation on a cold, wet Friday north of Town Creek. The other was an informative turnrow conversation with a grower near Courtland. I didn’t know much but was eager to learn. I ... Read More »

Industry News For December 2019

2019 UGA king cotton awards

Book Chronicles Oliver Family Saga In The Mississippi Delta This publication traces the struggles of five generations of Olivers, from the late 1800s to the present in the Mississippi Delta. In the 1870s, James Samuel Oliver arrived in the Mississippi Delta by swimming across the Mississippi River — with a fresh bullet wound in his leg. He later journeyed deep ... Read More »

Georgia Cotton Commission recognizes 2 UGA Extensionists

2019 UGA king cotton awards

The Georgia Cotton Commission recently recognized two University of Georgia Cooperative Extension professionals for their work in the cotton industry. Stephanie Hollifield, Brooks County Extension coordinator, was presented this year’s Senior King Cotton Award. Ty Torrance, Grady County agricultural and natural resources agent, was presented the Allen B. Fulford Award. Both were recognized at the Georgia Association of County Agricultural ... Read More »

September was unusually hot and dry in Georgia, causing some crop issues

september 2019 georgia temperatures

While it seems Georgia is finally seeing a break from the summer heat, the long hot summer, including a record-setting September, has already caused problems for many Georgia farmers. With almost no rain during September, drought conditions expanded across the state. Record-setting temperatures and almost no rain during September caused a major expansion of drought across Georgia. The dry conditions ... Read More »