Cotton Demand Continues to Drop

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia

By Clint Thompson Demand for cotton has plummeted across the world. It’s reflected in the latest cotton prices update. They show cotton futures prices set at 56 cents per pound. In the latest UGA Cotton Team Newsletter, the supply chain is severely impacted globally by COVID-19, according to Yangxuan Liu, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension economist. She said, “an unexpected …

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Little Projected Rainfall Means More Irrigation Needed

Clint Thompson Alabama, Corn, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Irrigation, Peanuts, Soybeans, Weather

By Clint Thompson Limited rainfall over the next couple of weeks means row crop growers need to be irrigating early and often to get their seed producing. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation specialist Wes Porter said water requirements for cotton and peanuts is low early in the season. But they do still require water. “If we’re absolutely getting no …

Make Planter Modifications Now

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts

By Clint Thompson Planting season is underway across the Southeast. Growers can save time and money by making modifications now before planting in certain fields. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Ag Engineer Wes Porter reminds cotton and peanut farmers the importance of correct planter settings. “Whether it’s cotton or peanuts, when we first pull into a new field, evaluate the …

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Low Temperatures Could Impact Seed Germination

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts

By Clint Thompson Row crop farmers need to be wary of cooler temperatures this week, says Pam Knox, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Agricultural Climatologist. Producers are planting cotton and peanuts. But if temperatures drop into the 40s as weather.com predicts for Tifton, Georgia, they could impact seed germination. “I’m not a seed specialist but I know that if you …

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Cotton and Peanut Planting Update

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts

For the most part, planting progress is comparable to the previous five years. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey has the latest look at cotton planting numbers across the belt. But Rippey says peanut planting progress is slightly behind the average. In Alabama, 20% of the cotton crop has been planted, which compares to 22% last year, and 21% is the 5-year …

UGA Entomologist: Thrips Are Our Most Consistent and Predictable Insect Pest of Cotton

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Pest/Pest Control

By Clint Thompson University of Georgia Cooperative Extension cotton entomologist Phillip Roberts cautions growers about thrips as cotton planting season approaches. “Thrips are our most consistent and predictable insect pest of cotton, infesting nearly 100% of the cotton acres in Georgia every year. Thrips infestations, historically, have been higher on April or early May-planted cotton. More specifically, thrips infestations tend …

Alabama Extension Agent: Anytime We Have a Recession, Demand for Cotton Drops Off

Clint Thompson Alabama, Corn, Cotton, Field Crops, Peanuts, Soybeans

Other Commodity Prices Could Rebound Quicker By Clint Thompson One Alabama Extension regional farm and agribusiness management agent is hopeful commodity prices will rebound once the ongoing coronavirus pandemic subsides. At least for all row crops except cotton, which could take longer to recover from. “Anytime we have a recession, or the economy takes a hit, when consumers don’t have …

Reduction in World Mill Use for Cotton

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia

In their April report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reduced world mill use for cotton for the 2019-2020 crop year by 7.6 million bales, as compared to the March estimates. At 110.6 million bales, this would be one of the largest annual declines on record with lower consumption estimates for every major country. For comparison, in the 2018 crop …