Cotton Farming

  • When should I switch to an earlier maturing variety? May 26, 2020
    • By Guy Collins and Keith Edmiston • There have been quite a few calls over the past few days from growers asking when they should consider switching to early maturing varieties. This is largely driven by the significant delays in planting during late April and the first two weeks of May (prolonged, unsuitably cool […]
  • Survey of 2019 Mississippi backwater flood helps reveal 2020 losses May 22, 2020
    A sharper focus on the economic impact of the lower Delta backwater flood of 2019 helps predict the implications of continued flooding this year. Mississippi State University Extension Service researchers compiled data on the overlooked costs of the backwater flood that affected the Yazoo Mississippi Delta in 2019. They surveyed residents in the five affected […]
  • Arkansas cotton acres continue increase along with gin capacity May 13, 2020
    Arkansas cotton gins may still be a long way from the heyday of the year 2000, when 86 gins across the state processed the fiber of 1.2 million cotton acres. But as both acreage and production increased in 2019 for the fourth consecutive year, growers did at least have one additional facility to help move […]
  • Got hog damage? There’s an app for that May 13, 2020
    According to a Mississippi State University research study, feral pigs cause $66 million in property damage in the Magnolia State each year. With the wild hog population increases and damage estimates constantly changing, it’s now easier to report and assess impacts with a newly designed MSU app. The “Feral Pig Damage” app makes it easy […]
  • Consider planting conditions when choosing preemergence herbicides May 11, 2020
    • By Charlie Cahoon Jr. • According to the most recent Cotton Planting Conditions Forecast, planting conditions should improve by next Wednesday, May 13, 2020. For those itching to start earlier in the week, I hope you consider how marginal planting conditions can influence cotton response to preemergence herbicides. Cool, wet conditions can influence cotton […]
  • World cotton demand plummets due to COVID-19 pandemic May 8, 2020
    The rapid spread of COVID-19 has severely impacted the global cotton supply chain. An unexpected reduction in cotton mill use data is observed across all of the major cotton spinning countries, including China, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Turkey and Vietnam. Cotton spinning in China fell by upwards of 90% during the height of the pandemic in […]
  • New report estimates Texas’ ag losses from COVID-19 could be $6-8 billion May 7, 2020
    The Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M University has released a new report showing the economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on production agriculture in Texas. Since the beginning of the pandemic many agricultural commodity prices have dropped 20% to 30%, according to the report. Many Texas producers have already experienced losses, […]