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Cotton eNews 03/04/16

Cotton eNews is produced by the National Cotton Council of America

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March 4, 2016

Variety Selection – Make A Wise Choice!

http://www.cotton.org/tech/physiology/index.cfm

Variety selection is perhaps the season’s most important and yet most difficult decision. A poor variety selection decision is not easily overcome. Choose varieties with the genetic potential for higher yield and fiber quality. Plant more than one variety and consider specific traits and crop maturity after yield and quality. Try new varieties on a limited acreage to see how they perform on your farm. The National Cotton Council offers resources to help with that decision at http://www.cotton.org/tech/physiology/index.cfm.

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U.S. COTTON

Area Cotton Farmers Struggle Under Low Prices

http://www.ksla.com/story/31381997/area-cotton-farmers-struggle-under-low-prices

(KCBD) The low price of cotton has many West Texas Cotton farmers very worried right now.

NC Check-Off Vote Set For April 1

http://www.cottongrower.com/cotton-news/nc-check-off-vote-set-for-april-1/

(Cotton Grower) No fooling! According to the Stanly News Press, the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association has set April 1 as the date for the state’s cotton growers to vote to continue the assessment, or "check-off," on cotton for another six-year period.

EPA Moves To Prevent Paraquat Poisonings

http://www.agri-pulse.com/EPA-moves-to-prevent-paraquat-poisonings-03032016.asp

(AgriPulse) EPA is proposing a plan to stop poisonings caused by accidental ingestion of the herbicide paraquat, which can also cause severe injuries or death from skin or eye exposure.

WASHINGTON UPDATE

GMO Labeling Bill Divides, Torments Democrats

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/03/gmo-bill-highlights-division-among-democrats-220250

(Politico) The Senate Agriculture Committee's markup of a controversial bill to preempt state GMO labeling laws Tuesday put the divide among Democrats on full display.

Law Professor Named To CFTC

http://www.agri-pulse.com/Law-professor-named-to-CFTC-03032016.asp

(AgriPulse) President Obama has nominated a law professor with expertise in regulating financial markets to fill one of two vacancies on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

INTERNATIONAL COTTON PRODUCTION

Monsanto Threatens To Exit India Over GM Royalty Row

http://www.reuters.com/article/india-monsanto-cotton-seeds-gm-idUSKCN0W61F8

(Bloomberg) Monsanto Co, the world's biggest seed company, threatened to pull out of India on Friday if the government imposed a big cut in royalties that local firms pay for its genetically modified cotton seeds.

AGRIBUSINESS

Coalition Rolls Out Ag Data Repository For Farmers, Suppliers

http://www.dtnprogressivefarmer.com/dtnag/common/link.do?symbolicName=/free/news/template1&product=/ag/news/topstories&vendorReference=cdc37f49-a12b-4710-8d92-f41326abfc58&paneContentId=70109&paneParentId=70043

(DTN Progressive Farmer) The Agricultural Data Coalition -- a combination of 36 companies and universities -- is creating a single repository for farmers and their suppliers to store data in a way that will include guidelines and protections for farmers.

Mind Your Management Hours

http://www.agweb.com/article/mind-your-management-hours-naa-sara-schafer/

(AgWeb) You have more demands on your time than ever. On any given day, you balance production, management, human resources, marketing and family life.

Adapting To Changing Urban Landscape Key To Co-Op’s Success

http://deltafarmpress.com/management/adapting-changing-urban-landscape-key-co-op-s-success

(Farm Press) It’s a truism but stories on agriculture tend to focus on what is happening in the field.

EDF Unveils New Nutrient Management Tool

http://www.agri-pulse.com/EDF-unveils-new-nutrient-management-tool-03032016.asp

(AgriPulse) Farmers and crop consultants have gained a new independent tool to help them better assess how software and fertilizer management products actually work in different regions and various soil types. Eventually, the data could also be used by agribusinesses and food companies that are interested in benchmarking sustainability.

COMMENTARY

‘Pathological Science’ Dominating Agricultural Issues Debate

http://deltafarmpress.com/cotton/pathological-science-dominating-agricultural-issues-debate

(Farm Press) Pathological science is a term coined by a Nobel Prize-winning chemist to describe the "science of things that aren’t so."

Opinion: Data Farming Is Agriculture's Future

http://www.agri-pulse.com/Opinion-Data-Farming-is-Agriculture-Future-03032016.asp

(AgriPulse) One of the most valuable commodities cultivated by farmers today is the information their tractors, harvesters and aerial drones collect.

OF INTEREST

Showtime Farms

http://www.cottonfarming.com/cover-story/showtime-farms/

(Cotton Farming) Cotton and quail reflect the Southern traditions of this southwest Georgia operation.

Father And Daughter Working On A Farming Decision

http://southeastfarmpress.com/peanuts/father-and-daughter-working-farming-decision

(Farm Press) Jan tore up the peanut picker. Jerry, not in a whisper, said, "What are you really doing here?" The incident was a tipping point in a life decision Jan had made. She and her father, in time, were going to have to figure out the answer.

 
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