Elton Robinson

Delta Farm Press

Elton joined Delta Farm Press in March 1993, and was named editor of the publication in July 1997. He writes about agriculture-related issues for cotton, corn, soybean, rice and wheat producers in west Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and southeast Missouri. Elton worked as editor of a weekly community newspaper and wrote for a monthly cotton magazine prior to Delta Farm Press. Elton and his wife, Stephony, live in Atoka, Tenn., 30 miles north of Memphis. They have three grown sons, Ryan Robinson, Nick Gatlin and Will Gatlin.

SCOTUS seed patent decision sets precedent
The SCOTUS decision on a Monsanto seed patents, sets precedent for a broad range of other industries and technologies.
Cotton producers intend 10 million acres for 2013
U.S. cotton acreage looks to take a big hit from 2012, despite a March increase in price.
Precision farming leans on farmer experience
The key to harnessing the power of precision agriculture “is to model the entire environment.
Cotton market whims: shortage or surplus
Wonder why cotton analysts keep stressing the importance of managing price risk in today’s cotton market? A good bit of it has to do with the international cotton market’s split personality. From one perspective, there is too much cotton. From another, too little.
Cotton farmers too hasty in grain switch?
Much of newfound bullishness for cotton comes from the continuation of China’s policy to build its reserve of cotton. For the moment, opportunity is knocking. “China is willing to support the price, they’re willing to hold their stocks and they’re willing to allow their mills to buy competitively-priced cotton. They want it, you got it. As cotton moves into the mid-80s, it’s given you a real opportunity.”
Commodity markets: Nine driving factors for coming decade
Nine crucial commodity market factors will influence the ability of U.S. producers to feed a burgeoning global population. The U.S. government's willingness to deal with its debt will also be a factor in the future, as will politics and policy.
China’s cotton consumption key to US market 1
Restoring the economic health of Chinese textile mills is complicated, but could go a long way to getting world cotton fundamentals back in balance, possibly by the 2014-15 marketing year
Will new crop cotton hit 85 cents? 2
China is hanging on to about half of the world’s ending cotton stocks and no one is exactly sure of how it plans to dispose of them. The Chinese textile industry is importing yarn rather than buying from spinners. Large volumes of yarn have led to a significant increase in demand for U.S. cotton.
Pray for a good harvest — but continue to hoe 1
Johnny Little's Holcomb, Miss., farm operation is based on maximizing efficiency by keeping equipment in tip-top shape, making variable-rate applications, using no-till, following label instructions and recommendations from his consultant to the lette, and of course, hard work.
World records broken for rice production, use and trade 6
The world not only produced a record crop of rice in 2012-13, but is on pace to consume and trade the commodity in record amounts as well. World rice production for 2012-13, an estimated 465.3 million tons, is expected to be a record by a small amount.
Farm bill, inputs and quality are top rice producer concerns 6
For Keith Davis, who produces wild rice for Uncle Ben’s, as well as commodity rice, on K&S Farming around Yuba City, Calif., the lack of progress on a farm bill is putting a lot of pressure on young farmers. "I don’t know how they’re going to cope with it. And with the new banking regulations, there’s not nearly as much leeway as there was when farming got bad in the 1980s, which is when I got started."
In search of dollar cotton
Dollar cotton may seem like a distant dream, but with record world stocks and reduced cotton consumption weighing on the market, it isn't any wonder.
Rice industry responds to Consumer Reports arsenic study
Last year, a Consumer Reports study found traces of arsenic in apple and grape juice. Now it's found it in rice, and wants the Food and Drug Administration to set standards for them all.
World cotton ending stocks hit 76.5 million bales
The size of the U.S. corn, cotton and soybean crops declined from last month, while peanut and rice crops got bigger, according to USDA’s Sept. 12 Crop Production report.
Honey bees in need of sound science 7
The U.S. pollinator industry comprises about 1.6 million of the 2.6 million hives in the nation. “All colonies in the United States are showing health issues, and certainly colonies would not survive without beekeepers," said Iain Kelley, Bayer CropScience.
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