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 …

Cotton Planting Season Underway in Alabama

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton

By Clint Thompson Cotton planting season is underway in Alabama. Extension specialist Steve Brown says planting has already started in the southern part of the state. Once it dries out and weather heats back up after Wednesday’s expected low temperatures, the rest of the state will soon follow. “Looking at the temperatures, we’re going to see some 40-degree temperatures on …

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NCC on New Relief and Stimulus Efforts

Clint Thompson Cotton

Last week, members of Congress returned to Washington D.C. to pass the latest version of funding for relief and stimulus efforts in response to COVID-19. Reece Langley, Vice President of Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council (NCC), explains what the measure includes and how it will provide relief for America’s small businesses. For small business owners who applied before …

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UGA Extension Ag Economist: Crop Rotation is Key

Clint Thompson Alabama, Corn, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts

By Clint Thompson University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Ag economist Adam Rabinowitz is hopeful producers will stick to their usual crop rotations this year when considering what commodities to produce. Rabinowitz is wary of farmers who might be tempted this planting season to switch planned acreage of cotton to peanuts due to cotton prices being drastically low. “Certainly, the cotton …

Auburn Extension Specialist: Farmers Need to Hit Home Run

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

By Clint Thompson Max Runge, Extension specialist in agricultural economics and rural sociology at Auburn University, believes Alabama row crop farmers are feeling the pressure of delivering a profitable season. That, more than anything else, will impact what they produce this year. “Ideally, we talk about this all the time, stick to your rotations and look for the long-term. A …

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Cotton Planting Progress is Ahead of Schedule

Dan Cotton, Peanuts

Producers in many areas of the country have been working to get seed in the ground. And according to USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey, cotton planting progress is actually ahead of schedule. Rippey also has the year’s first look at the nation’s peanut crop.

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NCC Provides Cotton Producers With Updates During COVID-19

Clint Thompson Cotton

Many in agriculture have been encouraged to apply through their agricultural lenders for the Small Business Administration’s new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). But as we have recently learned, due to the program being overwhelmed with applications, it has run out of its initial $350 billion. But efforts are underway to provide more money to the program. This could happen yet …

marine industries

UF Surveys to Identify Impact of Pandemic on Florida’s Agriculture and Marine Industries

Dan Aquaculture, Beef, Cattle, Corn, Cotton, Dairy, Economy, Equine, Field Crops, Florida, Forestry, Fruits, General, Hemp, Labor and Immigration, Livestock, Nursery Crops, Organic, Pasture, Peanuts, Pecans, Pollinators, Pork, Poultry, Research, Seeds, Sheep-Goats, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables, Wheat

(UF/IFAS) — With agriculture and marine industries occupying a large portion of Florida’s economy, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) wants to better understand how measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 are impacting these sectors. Starting today, faculty from the UF/IFAS Food and Resource Economics (FRE) department are deploying surveys to UF/IFAS Extension agents …