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Phase One Trade Deal May Benefit Cotton the Most

Dan Cotton, Trade

By Clint Thompson Wednesday’s phase one trade agreement signed by the United States and China is a historical moment in the country’s history, according to Stephen Censky, U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary. “It addresses a lot of the trade issues we have had with China about their structural impediments to our exports as well as make some substantial purchase …

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Slight Decrease in U.S. Cotton Production Forecast

Dan Cotton, USDA-NASS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its January crop reports today, and Chris Singh with NASS in Washington, D.C., says the U.S. cotton production estimate is down 1 percent from the previous forecast. All cotton production is forecast at 20.1 million 480-pound bales, down 1 percent from the previous forecast but up 9 percent from 2018. Yields are …

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FMC Tackling Corn Earworms in Cotton

Dan Cotton, Pest/Pest Control

FMC wants cotton growers to know BT trait failure is an issue they have been discussing with entomologists, as corn earworms have become a concern. Matthew Wiggins, technical service manager for FMC, says Prevathon insect control offers very good contact. And Wiggins said scouting your crop after bloom will be important. For more information, contact your FMC representative or go to their …


Speakers Announced for Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting

Dan Cotton

The Georgia Cotton Commission has announced the guest speakers for its 13th Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 29. The annual meeting, in conjunction with the University of Georgia (UGA) Cotton Production Workshop, will be held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The program speakers are Kent Fountain, vice chairman, National Cotton Council of America; Melissa Bastos, director of market research, Cotton …

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NCC on Lower Cotton Production Forecast

Dan Cotton

In its December report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) made a large reduction to the 2019 cotton crop. The report noted that U.S. cotton production is forecast at 20.2 million 480-pound bales, down 3 percent from the previous forecast. Most of the more than 600,000 bale reduction was in the Texas crop. But, National Cotton Council (NCC) Vice President of Economics and Policy …

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Cotton Harvest Picture Is Relatively Good

Dan Cotton

Cotton harvest across the Southeast is getting closer to wrapping up. U.S. Department of Agriculture meteorologist Brad Rippey, says the cotton harvest picture across the nation is better than the five-year average. In Alabama, 94 percent of the cotton crop has been harvested, which compares to only 78 percent this time last year; 86 percent is the five-year average.   …


Eligible Cotton Producers Receiving MFP Payments

Dan Cotton, Economy

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has begun issuing the second tranche of payments for the 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP). Producers of MFP-eligible commodities, like cotton, will be eligible to receive 25% of the total payment expected, in addition to the 50% already received. National Cotton Council (NCC) Vice President of Washington Operations, Reece Langley, notes a third tranche …


Final Peanut Harvest Progress Report

Dan Cotton, Peanuts

Cotton harvest across the Southeast continues to move along. USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, says the pace of the nation’s cotton harvest is ahead of the five year average. When it comes to the peanut crop, most states are done, or almost done with harvest with the exception of one. And according to Rippey, this is the last peanut harvest progress …