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.

US rice industry looking at acreage reduction in 2012
The 2012 season could bring significant reductions in acreage for some rice producing states.
Resistant-weed solution not found in bottle
Resistance to glyphosate is developing at the rate of at least one new weed per year. Weeds with documented resistance to glyphosate include horseweed, pigweed, giant ragweed, common ragweed, common water hemp, Italian ryegrass, goosegrass and johnsongrass. Yet, glyphosate-resistant Palmer pigweed is still the primary driver in weed control.
Cotton farmer keeps that Delta picker turning
On a warm, cloudless, day last October, Coley Bailey Sr. opened the door of the tractor driven by his son, Coley Jr. and over the radio chatter and whine of machinery, announced, “We’re processing 1,100 pounds of seed cotton a minute.” Efficiency is such an overused word in agriculture these days, one hesitates to use it to describe Coffeeville, Miss., farmer Coley Bailey Jr.
Ushering in the golden age of global agriculture?
One factor that could impact a bullish outlook is a 25 percent chance that a financial catastrophe in Europe could trigger another global recession in the next couple of years. Other factors that will maintain agriculture growth: Demand driven by global economic growth and the rise of the middle class in developing countries; the value of the dollar; global biofuels production; energy prices; and biotechnology development.
Preserved 1927 Mississippi cotton field uncovered by 2011 flood 2
Floodwaters from the Great Flood of 2011 swept away the 5 feet of topsoil that the 1927 flood had deposited on a Mississippi cotton field. Like washing away a layer of mud from the bottom of an old pair of boots, the floodwaters revealed once again the treads of the old field, perfectly preserved sets of ancient mule tracks and old cotton rows.
Devil is in the details in new farm policy discussions
As Congress and commodity organizations discuss moving farm policy from target price/direct payments toward some type of revenue insurance, the devil most certainly will be in the details. Several proposals on the table focus on paying producers for shallow losses of between 5 percent to 30 percent of expected revenue.
Cotton and corn forecasts decline
Cotton yields declined from the previous month in Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and California, and increased only in South Carolina. Upland cotton production is forecast at 15.6 million bales, down 12 percent from 2010. American Pima production, forecast at 737,200 bales, was carried forward from last month.
USDA projects significant decline in U.S. rice yields
USDA is projecting a significant decline in U.S. rice yields, lower production for corn and soybeans and bearish stock numbers for cotton in its Oct. 12 review of supply and demand.
Cotton opportunities knock as prices settle
Cotton prices have settled into a lower, but tighter, trading range, which has decreased volatility and created some marketing opportunities for producers. On the other hand, there is also some concern about weakening fundamentals, according to Ag Market Network analysts discussing USDA’s October supply and demand estimates.
U.S. cotton crop holds steady
Despite season-long stresses in Texas and catastrophic weather events affecting other regions at various times this year, USDA is projecting the U.S. cotton crop at a respectable 16.6 million bales.
USDA’s cotton production estimate coming under scrutiny
Quite a few market analysts were puzzled by USDA’s August 11 crop report, which projected a hefty 550,000-bale increase in U.S. cotton production, despite a Texas crop which appears to have been severely compromised by record drought and heat this season.
U.S. cotton crop bumped by 550,000 bales
Despite an ongoing disaster in the drought-stricken, Southwest cotton crop, USDA raised its U.S. cotton production estimate for 2011 by 550,000 bales from last month.
U.S. cotton crop could drop to 15.4 million bales
At about the halfway point of the growing season, cotton experts are projecting a 2011 U.S. cotton crop of between 15.4 million and 15.7 million bales.
High cotton prices deferring and destroying demand?
Did the high cotton prices of 2010-11 destroy a portion of cotton demand, or simply defer it?
USDA acreage report shows higher acres for corn and cotton
U.S. producers planted more corn and cotton this year and fewer acres of soybean, according to USDA’s June 30 Acreage report.
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