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Bottlenecks at California ports delay farm exports

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• By Ching Lee • Despite mounting calls for federal maritime regulators to address congestion, delays and shipping challenges at U.S. ports, California agricultural exporters say they have yet to see any relief. Since last fall, the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association has reported a surge in cargo volumes that has kept shipping containers sitting longer at California ports. With a ... Read More »

California Cost Of Ginning Much Higher Than Other States

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The cost of ginning cotton is an important concern for producers and ginners. Every three years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service conducts a survey of ginning costs by region. Data from the survey allows gin management to compare their operation to regional and national data. It also provides information about key variable costs as a component of ... Read More »

Seminar links soil health measures to cotton prices

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• By Dennis Pollack • California cotton growers have often dreamed of finding themselves in tall cotton. These days, they might just find themselves in a tall cotton cover crop—as high as 5 or 6 feet, according to one expert on the value of cover cropping to improve soil health. That expert was among speakers at a University of California ... Read More »

NCSU on-farm fiber quality results for 2020

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• By Guy Collins and Keith Edmisten • Fiber quality results for the 2020 North Carolina On-Farm Cotton Variety Evaluation Program are now in. In addition to yield, fiber quality is an important component to the value and marketability of cotton in our state and should be considered when selecting varieties. The table in the link below illustrates the average ... Read More »

Things Only Farm Kids Know

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• By Erin Kuiper • On the western edge of Buckeye, Arizona, sits the family dairy farm where I grew up. My father Bill and mother Sine Kerr started their dairy business in 1980 at the ripe age of 18. Fast forward a decade and they would have four children; Wesley, Meagan (Kimmerle), myself and Julie Anne (Garcia). My brother ... Read More »

BASF commits to long-term sponsorship of Lubbock, Texas, museum

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BASF has renewed its commitment to the cotton industry and West Texas agriculture through a long-term sponsorship of the Museum of Agriculture in Lubbock, Texas, renaming it the FiberMax Center for Discovery. The new name reflects the decade-long relationship between the museum and FiberMax. The museum and BASF are focused on connecting the Lubbock community to agriculture with the hopes ... Read More »