USDA Releases Final 2020 Cotton Report

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia

The United States Department of Agriculture released its 2020 final all cotton production report on Wednesday. Becky Sommer with the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Washington D.C. has the final numbers: The 2020 final all cotton production was estimated at 14.6 million 480-pound bales, 27% lower than the 2019 crop. The United States yield for all cotton is estimated at 847 pounds per …

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Florida Challenged Over Pesticide Decision

Dan Citrus, Cotton, Environment, Florida, Huanglongbing (HLB)/Citrus Greening, Peanuts

(TALLAHASSEE, Wednesday, May 12, 2021/NSF) — Amid arguments about the troubled citrus industry and the health of farmworkers, a chemical company is challenging a state decision to block a pesticide that could help fight a disease that has caused massive damage in citrus groves. AgLogic Chemical, LLC filed an administrative challenge Tuesday, about three weeks after the state Department of …

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Factors to Consider During Cotton Planting

Clint Thompson Cotton, Georgia

Georgia cotton producers have begun planting this year’s crop. According to the University of Georgia (UGA) Cotton Team Newsletter, there are various factors to consider when planting your crop. One pertains to varieties that are not included in the on-farm variety trials. “Although the on-farm variety trial does a great job of evaluating varieties across a wide range of environments, …

GCC Encourages Nominations for Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission

Clint Thompson Cotton, Georgia

By Clint Thompson The Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) reminds cotton producers who are interested in serving on the Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commission, the deadline to receive nominations is Thursday, May 30. To serve on a Commodity Commission, a person must be a producer of that commodity, commit to attend meetings and represent the producers of that commodity. Those interested in …

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Southeast Cotton, Peanut Planting Near Five-Year Averages

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts

Many Southeast farmers dealt with cool, wet weather to start the 2021 planting season. But according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS), both cotton and peanut planting were close to the 5-year averages this past week. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says rain in other areas of the cotton belt hampered planting. …

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Grower Enrollment for U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol is Underway

Dan Cotton, Georgia

Due to the ever-greater supply chain scrutiny and a growing demand for transparency, the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol was developed. It sets a new standard for more sustainably grown cotton and brings quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurement to responsibly-grown cotton production and drives continuous improvement in key sustainability metrics. And cotton growers across the Southeast are being reminded enrollment …

Cotton, Peanut Planting Underway

Clint Thompson Alabama, Cotton, Florida, Georgia, Peanuts

While the recent cool, wet weather hampered the start to planting season across the Southeast, both cotton and peanut seed are going in the ground. According to the weekly report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), planting progress is fairly even with what has been normal over the past five years. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says …

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NCC on Senate Reintroduction of Growing Climate Solutions Act

Dan Climate Change, Cotton, Environment, Legislative

Last week, the U.S. Senate reintroduced the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021, legislation that would create a certification program at USDA to help solve technical entry barriers that prevent farmer and forest landowner participation in carbon credit markets. Vice President of Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council (NCC), Reece Langley, says this bipartisan legislation is expected to move its …

GCC Applauds Addition of New UGA Extension Cotton Agronomist

Clint Thompson Cotton, Georgia, Georgia Cotton Commission

Camp Hand is the new University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Cotton Agronomist. After an extended period without an agronomist in place at UGA, the Georgia Cotton Commission (GCC) is excited for the newest member of the UGA Cotton Team, says GCC Executive Director Taylor Sills. “The University of Georgia has hired Dr. Camp Hand who is a recent Ph.D. graduate …

Georgia Grown Cotton Medical Scrubs

Clint Thompson Cotton, Georgia

By Ashley Robinson Georgia grown cotton is being used to create 100% cotton medical scrubs crafted entirely in the United States. The initiative, spearheaded by Field to Closet Cotton Therapeutics, is making the concept of American grown, 100% cotton scrubs, a reality. The long-term vision for this initiative is to support the U.S. cotton farmer, increase domestic demand for cotton …