Elton Robinson

Elton
Robinson
Editor,
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.

Articles
Cotton acreage may take big hit in 2013
Cotton acreage could take a big hit in 2013, as it must compete with corn and soybeans on the supply side. A worsening economy has taken its toll on cotton demand. Between 1998 and 2006, the world added roughly 39 million bales of global mill use. China is still dominating the news behind the world cotton market, but large supplies, falling demand and competing commodities are increasingly important factors to watch.
Brazil keeping close eye on US farm bill 1
Brazil is struggling with various concepts of the STAX plan, which could be a key component for cotton in a future farm bill, but they are showing a willingness to work with it to resolve subsidy disputes.
RFA takes on waiver proposal
A cushion of reserve ethanol stocks and “banked credits” amassed by the ethanol industry will allow the industry to cut back on ethanol production to the equivalent of 1.3 billion bushels of corn and still meet the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2012-13.
Corn yields slashed again
Projected U.S. corn yields have again been slashed by USDA; dryness and heat in the Midwest continues, and in some places, worsens.
Cotton crop projected at 15.8 million bales
Cotton analysts are projecting a 15.8 million bale U.S. cotton crop this season, 1.2 million bales lower than USDA’s July 11 projection of 17 million bales.
Cotton industry needs global production deficit
The world needs to produce a deficit in cotton production next year, to avoid a third straight year of record stocks. Higher cotton prices have added to consumption woes, as textile mills have resorted to blends with higher percentages of cheaper polyester.
US corn scorched, 1.8 billion bushel drop
USDA lowered its estimate of U.S. corn production by a staggering 1.82 billion bushels from last month due to persistent and extreme June dryness across the central and eastern Corn Belt and extreme late June and early July heat from the central Plains to the Ohio River Valley.
Cotton and rice acreage falls, corn nears record
USDA estimates that 12.6 million acres of cotton was planted in the United States this spring, 14 percent below last year. Area planted to rice in 2012 is estimated at 2.66 million acres, down 1 percent from 2011 and the lowest planted acreage since 1987.
Cotton market – do fundamentals eventually rule?
These days, the biggest challenge for cotton market analysts is not so much the fundamentals of supply and demand. It’s trying to figure out when, or if, the market pays any attention to them.
Cotton prices get nice bounce
Cotton futures prices enjoyed a nice bounce in early June, after spending several weeks in a downward spiral. According to Sharon Johnson Crump with Knight Futures, there were several reasons for the turnaround, in which December cotton futures rallied from the mid-60s to settle at 72.28 cents on June 7. “Specs had moved from being very long to somewhat short the past four to five weeks, and they are now aggressively reversing some of the positions.
USDA to take closer look at herbicide-resistant crops?
The U.S. specialty crop industry has petitioned the EPA and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to conduct an environmental impact statement (EIS) for dicamba- and 2,4-D-tolerant crops, saying more study of the technologies is needed.
Hard to ignore 74 million cotton bales
It’s hard for the cotton market to ignore nearly 74 million bales of supply. That’s one reason why cotton analysts say cotton futures dropped precipitously in early May, despite China continuing to buy cotton to add to its reserves.
India clears cotton path
India has cleared the way for exports of raw cotton under existing contracts, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.
Louisiana weevil fund threatened by budget sweep
Louisiana state legislators are considering several bills to insure that $766,000 in boll weevil eradication funds are not included in a fund sweep that Gov. Bobby Jindal is proposing to help balance the state budget. The fund sweep would divert almost $200 million, including money currently in the weevil fund, to help pay for Medicaid and other expenses.
Bears back in control of global cotton market
A huge increase in estimated world ending stocks, based on cotton discovered in inventory in India, jolted the market in early April. “The numbers on the U.S. side appear bullish, but the USDA report is very bearish in total for the world, with USDA finding so much in inventory,” Cleveland said. “It jerked the rug out from under us.”
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