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Cotton eNews 03/09/16

Cotton eNews is produced by the National Cotton Council of America


March 9, 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



Variety Maturity Guide Available From MS State

(Cotton Grower) Growers consider a number of factors when selecting a cotton variety – things such as variety performance, traits contained within that variety, and seed treatment package.

4 Reasons For Less Pigweed In Tennessee Cotton

(Farm Press) There was less pigweed — Palmer amaranth — in Tennessee cotton than in soybeans in 2015. In my opinion there were four reasons for that.

Preplant Burndown Time In NC

(Cotton Grower) Much of North Carolina cotton is grown in no-till or strip-till systems. That means they require a preplant burndown treatment to control winter weeds and/or cover crops.

Georgia Cotton: Sound Fertilizer Program Crucial With Low Prices

(AgFax) With cotton prices expected to be lower than normal this year, it is even more important to follow a sound fertilizer and liming program that is based on good soil sampling.

Crop Insurance Application Deadline Looms

(AgFax) Farmers should take special note of crop insurance this year because it could provide them with a much-needed safety net at a time of low commodity prices and continuing market uncertainty, a Purdue Extension agricultural economist says.

Tri Watkins Is New President Of Southern Cotton Ginners Association

(Farm Press) Henry G. "Tri" Watkins, Rabbit Ridge Gin, Lepanto, Ark., has been elected president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association for the 2016/17 term. He succeeds Holt Shoaf, LH Gin, Milan, Tenn., who now becomes chairman of the board.


Cotton Open: Market Weakness Ahead Of Reports

(AgFax) World cotton consumption considered a potential wildcard in USDA supply-demand report. Cash online grower sales declined to 2,136 bales on The Seam.


APDN Adds Clients For Signature T DNA System

(Fibre2Fashion) Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) has expanded its Signature T DNA system for cotton supply chain security and traceability with new manufacturers of Pimacott and Homegrown consumer goods.


2 Separate Entities Enhance Farm Succession Plan

(Farm Press) Splitting a farming operation into two separate entities may seem obvious to a few, but it’s easy to get lost in the details and forget why it’s so important.

Whether Good Times Or Bad, A Sound Business Plan Works

(Farm Press) Regardless of whether cotton and grain prices are high, or the bottom has fallen out, a sound business plan is a valuable tool. A strategic management plan should be ongoing, says Frank Fogleman, a producer who is trying to deal with 2016’s challenging economic outlook.


Where Do Cotton Prices Go From Here And What Can Farmers Do?

(Farm Press) The 2016 cotton outlook presented by USDA economists at the USDA’s annual Outlook Forum Feb. 26 seemed to be just another nail in cotton’s coffin—at least for now.


Why A Chinese Company Invested In South Carolina's Cotton Industry

(Forbes) The Wall Street Journal recently carried a story highlighting a case of Chinese investment in the US cotton processing industry in South Carolina.

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