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.

Global cotton ending stocks at all-time high
USDA raised exports for cotton and rice in its April 10 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, but sharply raised world cotton ending stocks.
Cotton creeps up on world demand
U.S. cotton acreage will probably fall short of USDA’s projected 13.15 million acres, but exports could be higher than projected on increases in world demand and continued stockpiling of cotton by the Chinese.
Cotton acreage dips 11 percent to 13 million
Cotton acreage is expected to total 12.9 million acres, down 11 percent from 2011. American Pima acreage is expected to total 270,000 acres, down 12 percent from 2011.
Bulls and bears always in corn market
Grain analyst Richard Brock didn’t say the bull market run for corn was over for sure, but his firm’s position on corn was very telling – 100 percent sold in old crop and 70 percent sold on new crop.
US rice reputation takes hit after heat-damaged crop
A poor rice crop in 2010, weather, and falling export demand continue to challenge U.S. rice producers. U.S. rice producers paid the price around the world for the 2010 heat-damaged U.S. crop. California a benefactor from opening of Japan's market.
India confirms cotton export ban despite roar from China
India will keep its export ban on cotton in place despite the uproar from various international entities including China, which had the most cotton bought but not yet shipped.
Cotton uncertainties: Price hangover and China's reserve
The cotton market faces two huge uncertainties in the short-term. One is how to deal with the hangover left after high cotton prices of 2010-11 contracted global demand. Another is uncertainty over what China will eventually do with cotton in its strategic reserve program.
Cotton prices push up as India bans exports
India has once again banned cotton exports, and the action immediately pushed U.S. cotton futures prices higher.
Tale of the tape for US agriculture in 2012
This year should be another good one for U.S. agricultural exports with the lower value of the dollar more than compensating for the expectations of slower world growth. USDA’s chief economist projects the highest corn plantings since 1944, a decline in cotton plantings due to lower prices and a small increase in rice acreage for 2012.
Corn profitability to remain strong
The U.S. crops sector will respond in the short term to relatively high prices in 2011-12, the report said. Planted area for eight major field crops in 2012 is projected to reach 251 million acres, the second-largest acreage level of the past 10 years.
USDA zeroes in on final production numbers
In the Feb. 9 Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, USDA continued to tweak U.S. and world export and world production figures.
Global economics can trump cotton fundamentals
Over the last few years, factors like liquidity injections, banking crises and world economic troubles have pushed prices into trading ranges far beyond what fundamentals would suggest.
Eyes of cotton market on Texas acreage
U.S. cotton acreage is likely to decline in 2012. Dry weather and Mother Nature will likely trump any relative price argument in the Southwest and temper any overall reduction in U.S. acres. The cotton market is also watching China’s recent purchases of cotton for rebuilding its reserves.
Cotton, rice crops decline, but corn and beans up
USDA lowered its estimates for 2011 rice and cotton production and projected slightly larger crops for corn and soybeans in its Jan. 12 Crop Production report.
China a big player in global cotton market
If China moves 15 million to 18 million bales of domestic and imported cotton into its strategic reserve, which appears more and more likely, it could create a synthetic tightness which could be positive to prices.
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