Cotton and Peanut Condition Ratings

Dan Cotton, Peanuts

Across the nation, 85 percent of the cotton crop was setting bolls according to the latest crop report. But USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says heat and drought are causing problems for the crop. Rippey says conditions are mostly steady for the nation’s peanut crop. In Alabama, 93 percent of the cotton crop is setting bolls, which compares to 92 percent this …

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Cotton Board Recommends $86 Million Budget and Elects Chairman

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

Texas cotton producer Jeff Posey elected Cotton Board chairman and new officers elected During its annual meeting in Durham, North Carolina, the Cotton Board reviewed and voted to recommend Cotton Incorporated’s proposed 2020 budget of $86 million to the Secretary of Agriculture. This is a $4 million increase from the 2019 budget. The 2020 Cotton Incorporated plan and budget remains …

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Cotton Production, Supply, Demand, and Price

Dan Cotton, USDA-NASS

When USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released their August crop reports Monday, it showed cotton production in the U.S. is now forecast at 22.5 million 480-pound bales, up 23 percent from 2018. Planted area this year, at 13.9 million acres, is up 1 percent from the previous estimate but down 1 percent from last year. USDA Chief Economist, Rob Johansson, discusses the …

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U.S. Cotton Production Up From Last Year

Dan Cotton, USDA-NASS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released its August crop reports Monday. Chris Singh with NASS in Washington, D.C., says the U.S. cotton production estimate is up 23 percent from last year’s crop. All cotton production is forecast at 22.5 million 480-pound bales, up 23 percent from 2018. All cotton planted area totaled 13.9 million acres, …


Commodity Commission Appointments Announced

Dan Cotton, Equine, Georgia, Industry News Release, Soybeans

ATLANTA (GDA) – Recently, the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commissions ex officio committee confirmed appointments to several commodity commissions. The following appointments were made to serve three-year terms: Beef Commission John Callaway, Coweta County Ernie Ford, Calhoun County Allen Wiggins, Turner County Cotton Commission Steven Meeks, Wayne County Matt Coley, Dooly County Equine Commission Beth Williams, Oconee County Dr. Barbara Kelly, …


Cotton Condition Ratings Declining

Dan Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts

The nation’s cotton crop saw a decline in condition ratings this past week. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture meteorologist Brad Rippey, the main area of concern with cotton development and crop condition is in the Southern High Plains region. Rippey says there is not much change in the overall condition of the nation’s peanut crop. In Alabama, 95 percent …


Georgia Cotton Commission on MFP and STAX

Dan Cotton, Georgia

Signup continues for The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP) at local Farm Service Agency offices. Georgia Cotton Commission Executive Director Richey Seaton says thankfully that assistance will be hitting producers’ mailboxes fairly soon. He also provides updated information on the Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX).


Signup Underway for Market Facilitation Program

Dan Cotton, Economy

Signup began this week for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP), and the first round of payments are expected to be issued in mid-to-late August. While the payments are county specific, they are not crop specific, and will be available on planted acres for 2019. Reece Langley, Vice President of Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council (NCC), says they have developed a …


Cotton and Peanut Crop Update

Dan Cotton, Peanuts

The condition ratings for the nation’s cotton crop held basically steady this past week. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey has the latest numbers. 45% of the nation’s cotton crop was setting bolls as of this past Sunday. And Rippey notes the nation’s peanut crop saw just a slight drop this past week. In Alabama, 92 percent of the cotton is squaring, …