Cotton Harvest is Underway

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release

The 2017 cotton harvest is underway, including Texas, which is the number one cotton-producing state in the nation. Cotton pickers have begun rolling across southern Texas. Farmers say early yields are good and may actually be higher than yields in 2016. In some areas across southern Texas, early reports say farmers are getting 2.5 bales of cotton on dryland acres. …

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NCC: Bring Cotton Back Into Title I Commodity Policy

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

The National Cotton Council believes it is imperative that cotton is included in the next farm bill’s Title I programs so cotton producers can access the same complement of risk management tools available to other crops. That was the key message of Nick McMichen, a Centre, Ala., cotton producer, at today’s Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee hearing, “Commodities, Credit, …

Southwest Cotton Producers to Learn from Georgia Operations

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

Eleven cotton producers from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas will see cotton operations in Georgia on July 30-August 4 as part of the National Cotton Council’s 2017 Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program. Sponsored by Bayer via a grant to The Cotton Foundation, the P.I.E. program is now in its 29th year of helping its U.S. cotton producer participants improve yields and …

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Recordings Available from Stoneville Ginners School

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

Ginners School Conference Webcasts on Reducing Bale Contamination, Use of RFID Technologies Now Available Cotton ginners and producers recently gathered in Stoneville, Mississippi for an annual Ginners School conference to learn and discuss how to use radio frequency identification (RFID) tags for module tracking and data management, reducing contamination in cotton bales, and other important topics. The event’s educational presentations …

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NCC Encouraged by Cottonseed Policy Inclusion

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release

  The FY18 Agriculture Appropriations bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee includes a number of key provisions from the industry’s cottonseed proposal to help provide economic relief to cotton producers until a new farm bill is in place. A summary of the bill’s cottonseed provisions is in a Committee news release. National Cotton Council Chairman Ronnie Lee, a Georgia …

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Ragweed Management Webcast Available

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

Improve Ragweed Management Practices with New ‘Focus on Cotton’ Webcast Excessive reliance on glyphosate to control ragweed has allowed resistant varieties to flourish in cotton production systems. A new Focus on Cotton webcast titled “Herbicide-resistant Common Ragweed Management in Cotton” helps cotton growers, consultants, and other industry experts diversify management practices and herbicide applications to better control ragweed populations. This 27-minute …

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Congress Calls on Administration for Economic Assistance for Cotton Producers

Dan Cotton, Industry News Release

A large, bipartisan block of 135 Senators and Representatives sent letters to President Trump strongly urging the Administration’s support, through USDA, to operate the Cotton Ginning Cost Share Program effective for the 2016 crop year and on an ongoing basis. The Senate letter noted, “In the past decade, the U.S. cotton industry has endured a World Trade Organization (WTO) challenge, …