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Cotton eNews 03/07/16

Cotton eNews is produced by the National Cotton Council of America

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March 7, 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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NCC UPDATE

Stephens Ready To Face Cotton’s Challenges

http://www.cottongrower.com/cotton-news/stephens-ready-to-face-cottons-challenges/

(Cotton Grower) Shane Stephens of Greenwood, MS, was elected Chairman of the National Cotton Council (NCC) during the Council’s Annual Meeting in Dallas in February. Since then, he’s hit the ground running.

U.S.COTTON

Vilsack Says CTAP Program Could Offer Help To Cotton Producers – If….

http://deltafarmpress.com/cotton/vilsack-says-ctap-program-could-offer-help-cotton-producers-if

(Farm Press) Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA could make Cotton Transition Assistance Payments similar to those authorized in the first year of the 2014 farm bill to help cotton producers deal with the dire economic conditions they face.

High-End California Cotton Stays Pure Thanks To DNA Testing

http://ww2.kqed.org/news/2016/03/05/high-end-california-cotton-stays-pure-thanks-to-dna-testing

(KQED) Kirk Gilkey is a farmer in Kings County, where drought and higher-priced crops are hurting California’s cotton industry. Acreage has dropped from over 600,000 10 years ago to well under 200,000 today. Gilkey grows Pima cotton. He kept the crop because of its high price point.

North Carolina Cotton Producers Association Announces Referendum

http://www.cottonfarming.com/web-exclusive/north-carolina-cotton-producers-association-announces-referendum/

(Cotton Farming) Andrew Burleson, president of the North Carolina Cotton Producers Association, and a cotton producer in Stanly County, has announced that a referendum will be held on Friday April 01, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the question of the continuation of the assessment, or "check-off", on cotton for another six-year period.

WASHINGTON UPDATE

Washington Week Ahead: Floor Fight Looms Over Biotech Labeling

http://www.agri-pulse.com/Washington-Week--Ahead-Floor-fight-looms-over-biotech-labeling-03062016.asp

(AgriPulse) Both sides of the biotech labeling debate are gearing up for a final showdown on the Senate floor that could arrive as soon as this week.

Vilsack Pushes TPP, Biotech Labeling Plan, Adds Personal Touch In Speech To Commodity Classic

http://www.agri-pulse.com/Vilsack-pushes-TPP-biotech-labeling-plan-adds-personal-touch-in-speech-to-Commodity-Classic-03042016.asp

(AgriPulse) The Trans-Pacific Partnership will provide substantial benefits to agriculture and needs to be approved by Congress, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told an attentive crowd at the Commodity Classic in New Orleans today.

INTERNATIONAL COTTON PRODUCTION

ICAC's 75th Plenary Meeting In Pakistan This Year

http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/cotton-news/icac-s-75th-plenary-meeting-in-pakistan-this-year-178102-newsdetails.htm

(Fibre2Fashion) The preparations for the 75th Plenary meeting of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAI), which will be held in Islamabad this year, proceed smoothly, according to a committee release.

AGRIBUSINESS

DuPont Executive Discusses Priorities For Agriculture Segment

http://farmprogress.com/story-dupont-executive-discusses-priorities-agriculture-segment-8-138411

(Farm Progress) DuPont executive vice president James C. Collins discussed priorities for the company's agriculture segment March 3 at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2016 Global Agriculture and Chemicals Conference.

Farmers Consider Expensive Tech Amid Low Commodity Prices

http://www.agweb.com/article/farmers-consider-expensive-tech-amid-low-commodity-prices--naa-associated-press/

(AgWeb) When Marc Arnusch graduated from college in the mid-1990s, his father didn't want him to come back to the family farm in Keenesburg, Co. Crop prices were so bad, Hans Arnusch didn't think his son could make a living, like he and his father before him had. Arnusch understood his dad's concerns, but he grew up with farming. He loved it. He couldn't stay away.

COMMENTARY

COTTON SPIN: How Much Cotton Will Be Planted This Year?

http://southwestfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-spin-how-much-cotton-will-be-planted-year

(Farm Press) Cotton planting season has already started in South Texas and will continue across the Cotton Belt into June.

Shurley On Cotton: Prices "Lost In Space"

http://agfax.com/2016/03/07/shurley-on-cotton-prices-lost-in-space/

(AgFax) In the 1960’s, a popular TV show "Lost in Space" chronicled the adventures on the "space family Robinson" whose space ship was thrown off course by a meteor shower. Oddly, one of my favorite characters on the show was the Robot. When there was danger present, the robot would shout "Danger, Danger".

BIOTECHNOLOGY

EU May Approve Glyphosate For Another 15 Years

http://www.agri-pulse.com/EU-may-approve-glyphosate-for-another-15-years-03042016.asp

(AgriPulse) Experts from the 28 member states of the EU are holding a closed-door meeting in Brussels next week to consider a European Commission proposal to extend authorization of the use of glyphosate for the next 15 years and there are indications it will be approved.

OF INTEREST

11 Considerations For Using Poultry Litter In Cotton

http://www.cottongrower.com/crop-inputs/11-considerations-for-using-poultry-litter-in-cotton/

(Cotton Grower) In areas near commercial poultry production, poultry litter can provide an alternative nutrient source for cotton growers.

 
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