National Cotton News

  • NCC Urges Lawmakers To Pass 2018 Farm Bill Without Damaging Changes May 11, 2018
    The National Cotton Council is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to approve the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly known as the 2018 Farm Bill, without damaging amendments to farm policy. NCC Chairman Ron Craft, a Plains, Texas, ginner, says the legislation, recently approved by the House Agriculture Committee, includes critically important policies […]
  • Big Boots To Fill May 1, 2018
    Oklahoma Brothers Carry On Cotton Legacy. By Carroll Smith, Editor — In 1906, the year before Oklahoma was granted statehood, the Williams’ family traveled in a covered wagon from Texas and homesteaded east of Altus. W.W. “Luck” Williams was a small-time farmer, and his son, Murray — who loved cotton more than anything in the […]
  • Transform My Community Contest Opens June 1 May 1, 2018
    By Carroll Smith, Editor — “It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference,” says Tom Brokaw, television journalist and author. And giving just a small portion of your time is always part of that equation. The Transform My Community Contest, inspired by Transform WG insecticide and sponsored by Dow […]
  • Bayer Fetes Maximizer Club Farmers May 1, 2018
    Bayer CropScience recently welcomed 75 new members to the FiberMax Maximizer Club, which recognizes cotton growers who plant FiberMax varieties and harvest at least 1,000 pounds per acre under dryland conditions. Their induction was based on yields from the 2017 season. Altogether, 198 growers have qualified for the recognition since the program was inaugurated two […]
  • Evaluating And Managing Deer-Damaged Cotton May 1, 2018
    By Dr. Guy Collins — In recent years, many growers have noticed an increasing incidence of deer feeding in young cotton. There are many theories as to why this may be occurring now, relative to years prior. The most common theories are the loss of aldicarb applied in-furrow for thrips and nematode control, major reductions […]
  • Keep Gin Safety At The Top Of Your List May 1, 2018
    Safety is always a topic that draws mixed reactions. I’ve written more safety articles and given more safety talks than I care to think about, but it’s something I feel is important. In the past couple of years, gins — along with many other industries — have been required to report their serious accidents directly […]
  • Attention To Detail May 1, 2018
    The National Cotton Council prepared a document that provides significant clarity regarding the new Seed Cotton Program that was contained in recently enacted legislation. What’s the major policy change? • As noted in the March column, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 makes “seed cotton” (upland lint and cottonseed combined) eligible for the Agriculture Risk […]