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Cotton eNews 03/08/16

Cotton eNews is produced by the National Cotton Council of America


March 8, 2016

Variety Selection – Make A Wise Choice!

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



Vilsack: Congress Can Help Cotton Without Reopening 2014 Farm Bill

(Farm Press) Secretary Tom Vilsack’s answer to the question was short and to the point.

Plant Bugs: North Carolina Cotton Has Advantage Over Mid-South

(Farm Press) Dominic Reisig tells North Carolina cotton farmers that if they don’t yet have plant bugs, that’s great, but they still need pay attention, scout and expect to have to spray for plant bugs in the future.

Texas Cotton: Preventive Pest Control Is Worth The Cost

(AgFax)With the growing season just around the corner, farmers are busy preparing fields and making tough decisions for 2016. Cotton, the crop often known as "white gold," looks to have some difficulty bringing major economic incentives to the farmers this year.

FSA Notice Issued Regarding Certs Availability

(National Cotton Council) USDA's Farm Service Agency posted notice CN 1054 which includes a copy of letter sent to cotton producers about availability of commodity certificate exchanges (CCE) and the required form to sign for 2015 crop loans and additional CCC-694-2 filing instructions and CCE registers.


Weak Demand Pulls Down Brazilian Cotton Prices

(Fibre2Fashion) According to a CEPEA press release, Brazilian cotton prices dropped during February, while the downtrend was more intense in the last week of the month.


Cotton Open: Renewed Global Economic Concerns

(AgFax) Global stock markets fell as China’s trade performance rekindled world growth concerns. Cash grower sales slipped to 5,940 bales on The Seam.


USDA Accepting Conservation Innovation Grant Proposals

(Farm Progress) Up to $20 million in competitive grants is available through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced March 7.

U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Review Farm Runoff Case

(AgWeb) Agricultural law experts are debating the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision not to review a lower court’s ruling in a Chesapeake Bay watershed case involving farm runoff.


John Robinson To Lead Next Ag Market Conference Call

(Farm Press) John Robinson, professor and Extension specialist/cotton marketing at Texas AM University, will be the featured speaker for the free cotton market teleconference held by the Ag Market Network at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 10.

How Has The Farm Bill Fared In Its First Year?

(Farm Press) In spite of a few glitches, the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the farm bill) is working, says Val Dolcini, administrator for the Farm Service Agency (FSA), which oversees the program.

Bloomberg Reports That BASF May Bid For DuPont

(Farm Progress) BASF SE is reported to be considering a counter bid for DuPont, Bloomberg Business reports. DuPont has agreed to a merger of equals with Dow Chemical Co.

Build an Advisory Board

(DTN Progressive Farmer) It requires an investment on your part, but can return big dividends for your business.


Louisiana Consultant Conference Draws Large February Crowd

(Farm Press) A large crowd of consultants, researchers, professors, industry representatives and other agricultural-related professionals gathered at the 2016 Louisiana Agricultural technology and Management Conference.


Cleveland: No Moral Victories In The Market

(Cotton Grower) Cotton prices fell to the 54-55 cent level this past week, completing its 5 cent drop below 60 cents. The market experienced what may prove to be a blowout bottom before recovering at week’s end with consecutive days of higher prices.

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