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Consistent, High Yields And Grades

Jay Beaird farms with his grandfather Terry, father Faron, brother Terry Allen and brother-in-law Tyler Moore in West Tennessee. Jay and his father also have a custom harvesting business in Tennessee and South Texas. He says consistency is very important, and the PhytoGen varieties always deliver for him. Here Jay recounts his 2017 experience with PhytoGen® brand PHY 333 WRF, ... Read More »

Marketing Roller Coaster Price Ride Is On

Like the legendary Icarus, the cotton market has spread its wings and continues to climb. The good news for cotton is that prices are climbing into the clouds without any fear of the sun’s heat melting its wings. On-call sales rose again recently as the market twice exceeded the open interest record that had been established a decade ago in ... Read More »

Producer State Support Program Update

An important component of the Cotton Research and Promotion Program is the Producer State Support Program. Following the mission of Cotton Incorporated closely, the state program is charged with improving the demand for and profitability of cotton. However, strategies and activities created under this program are designed to address specific needs of each cotton-producing state. State funds are allocated based ... Read More »

California Cotton Fungal Disease Moves Into Texas

Western report Fusarium Race 4 (FOV-4), a serious soil and seedborne cotton fungal disease, has found its way to Texas and threatens upland cotton production with potentially significant yield losses. Cotton breeder Dr. Jim Olvey and others are determined to ensure its impact on U.S. upland cotton will be minimized. With the help of farmers early in the 2016 season, ... Read More »

CFBF Members Get Vehicle Discounts

Farm Bureau members in California can qualify for discounts when buying Ford trucks, cars and SUVs, and Lincoln luxury vehicles. The California Farm Bureau Federation and the Ford Motor Co. have partnered to offer California members a new benefit — $500 bonus cash toward the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2017/2018 Ford vehicle, and $750 toward the purchase ... Read More »

Survey Shows Chronic Employee Shortages On California Farms

Across California, farmers and ranchers face persistent problems in finding and hiring qualified and willing people to work in agriculture, according to a survey conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation. The informal survey of Farm Bureau members showed that more than half of responding farmers had experienced employee shortages during the past year. The figure was higher — 69 ... Read More »

Late-Season Online Resources

If local information from crop consultants or Extension agents is unavailable and a Western cotton producer needs quick access to crop information, there are a number of online resources available to help them explore late-season production options. For agronomic, irrigation, pest control and defoliation concerns, California, Arizona and New Mexico producers can obtain up-to-date, seasonal information from grower organizations and ... Read More »