Cotton http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6061/more en American Pima cotton on its way back http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/american-pima-cotton-its-way-back <div class="field-byline"> Harry Cline, Farm Press Editor Emeritus </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The pain of $3 American Pima cotton prices and the resulting loss in markets still lingers almost six years after the fact.</p> <p>However, growers and merchants were told recently at Supima&rsquo;s annual meeting in Coalinga, Calif. that the tide is turning with improved sales and an uptick in prices. Acreage is up 23 percent in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas this season to 190,300 acres with a production estimate of 565,000 bales, an increase from 433,000 bales last season.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/american-pima-cotton-its-way-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/american-pima-cotton-its-way-back#comments Cotton Wed, 14 Sep 2016 20:51:00 +0000 169841 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>Ted Sheely of Lemoore, Calif., left, takes over as Supima chairman for retiring chairman Keith Deputy of Chamberino, N.M, center. Joining the board this year is new California director Brad Reinhart of Corcoran, Calif., right.</strong></p> California cotton acreage jumps 35 percent to 218,000 http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/california-cotton-acreage-jumps-35-percent-218000 <div class="field-deck"> First acreage increase in six years </div> <div class="node-body article-body">After six years of trending downward, California cotton growers are slated to harvest more cotton than they did last year, which fell to the lowest level since the Great Depression. Overall acreage based on the state’s pink bollworm survey – the most accurate accounting of cotton acreage in the state – reflects a 35 percent increase to 218,713 acres. By type this includes a 31 percent hike in Pima acreage to just over 152,000 acres. Upland acreage figures are up 44 percent to over 66,000.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/california-cotton-acreage-jumps-35-percent-218000" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/california-cotton-acreage-jumps-35-percent-218000#comments Cotton Cotton Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:48:00 +0000 169341 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Over two-thirds of California&#39;s cotton crop this year are Pima varieties.</p> Upland cotton’s sad plight a wake-up call http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/upland-cotton-s-sad-plight-wake-call <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>USDA is doling out $300 million to support American Upland cotton producers. The agency is calling it &ldquo;Cotton Ginning Cost Share.&rdquo; I call it &ldquo;hang in there survival payments.&rdquo;</p> <p>The lines to receive checks will short in California and Arizona where there is less than 200,000 acres of Upland cotton grown this season. The few remaining Far West Upland growers are eligible to receive $97.41 per acre, only enough to pay a year&rsquo;s property taxes or maybe a defoliation or two. It&rsquo;s really not enough to mess with the paperwork.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/upland-cotton-s-sad-plight-wake-call" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/upland-cotton-s-sad-plight-wake-call#comments Cotton Farm Press Blog Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:36:00 +0000 169141 at http://westernfarmpress.com Producer tours are invaluable for the information shared http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/producer-tours-are-invaluable-information-shared <div class="node-body blog-body">I’ve come to learn that agriculture is more about people –food is our common bond. Watching and listening to the interactions between California farmers and their counterparts from various cotton-growing regions in the country is interesting.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/producer-tours-are-invaluable-information-shared" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/producer-tours-are-invaluable-information-shared#comments Cotton Crops Farm Press Blog Fri, 05 Aug 2016 23:44:00 +0000 169021 at http://westernfarmpress.com Cotton producers from Plains States visit California http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-producers-plains-states-visit-california <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>For 28 years the National Cotton Council has facilitated a Producer Information Exchange (P.I.E.) program across the United States as a means of giving growers an opportunity to visit agricultural operations in other regions of the country.</p> <p>In early August cotton producers from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas visited farming operations in California&rsquo;s San Joaquin Valley, seeing first-hand how growers raise premium cotton alongside a host of other crops.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-producers-plains-states-visit-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-producers-plains-states-visit-california#comments Cotton Cotton Wed, 03 Aug 2016 22:11:00 +0000 168921 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Cotton growers from Texas to Kansas toured California farming operations as part of the National Cotton Council&#39;s Producer Information Exchange Tour. Here growers visit with dairy producer&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">John&nbsp;</span>Droogh as he explains some of the practices he employs on his operation<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">.</span></p> Photos: NCC cotton grower tour of Idaho agriculture http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/photos-ncc-cotton-grower-tour-idaho-agriculture <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>About a dozen cotton growers from across the&nbsp;</p> </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/photos-ncc-cotton-grower-tour-idaho-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/photos-ncc-cotton-grower-tour-idaho-agriculture#comments Cotton Barley Corn Grapes Wheat Tue, 19 Jul 2016 20:48:00 +0000 168641 at http://westernfarmpress.com NCC tour creates better cotton producers, leaders http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/ncc-tour-creates-better-cotton-producers-leaders <div class="node-body blog-body">The June trip included about a dozen cotton growers from across the cotton belt – from Arizona to Georgia and many states in between. They traveled by bus across southeastern Idaho. The vehicle’s bug-hit windshield was evidence of the 1,100-mile adventure.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/ncc-tour-creates-better-cotton-producers-leaders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/ncc-tour-creates-better-cotton-producers-leaders#comments Cotton Farm Press Blog Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:06:00 +0000 168621 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>The National Cotton Council&rsquo;s 10<sup>th</sup> annual Multi-Commodity Exchange Program, sponsored by John Deere, included from left: front row &ndash; Allan Fuchs, Garden City, Texas; Kelly Olson, Boise, Idaho; Jim Whitaker, McGehee, Ark.; Andrew Grobmeyer, Little Rock, Ark.; Curtis Berry, Robinsonville, Miss.; Stacey Satterlee, Boise, Idaho; Lee Cromley, Brooklet, Ga.; and Craig Brown, Memphis, Tenn. Back row: Tommy Moore, Somerville, Tenn.; Barry Evans, Kress, Texas; Steve Olson, Plainview, Texas; Herbert Price, Dixie, Ga.; John Gibson, Memphis, Tenn.; Sam Spruell, Mt. Hope, Ala.; Dean Wells, Casa Grande, Ariz.; and Justin Place, Hamer, Idaho.&nbsp;</strong></p> Cotton growers discover Idaho grows more than 'taters' http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-growers-discover-idaho-grows-more-taters <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Idaho agriculture is perhaps best known for its &lsquo;spud-ilicious&rsquo; potatoes yet the Gem State&rsquo;s almost $8 billion farming industry is a diverse combination of about 185 commodities ranging from livestock to barley, alfalfa, trout, dry edible beans, and wheat.</p> <p>In mid-June, a dozen U.S. cotton and rice farmers toured farms and processing facilities in southeastern Idaho as part of the National Cotton Council of America&rsquo;s (NCC) 10<sup>th</sup> annual Multi-Commodity Exchange Program (MCEP), sponsored by John Deere.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-growers-discover-idaho-grows-more-taters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/cotton-growers-discover-idaho-grows-more-taters#comments Cotton Alfalfa Almonds Dry Beans Grapes Pecans Pistachios Vegetables Walnuts Wheat Mon, 18 Jul 2016 22:33:00 +0000 168591 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>National Cotton Council&rsquo;s 10<sup>th</sup> annual Multi-Commodity Exchange Program: front row &ndash; Allan Fuchs, Garden City, Texas; Kelly Olson, Boise, Idaho; Jim Whitaker, McGehee, Ark.; Andrew Grobmeyer, Little Rock, Ark.; Curtis Berry, Robinsonville, Miss.; Stacey Satterlee, Boise, Idaho; Lee Cromley, Brooklet, Ga.; and Craig Brown, Memphis, Tenn. Back row: Tommy Moore, Somerville, Tenn.; Barry Evans, Kress, Texas; Steve Olson, Plainview, Texas; Herbert Price, Dixie, Ga.; John Gibson, Memphis, Tenn.; Sam Spruell, Mt. Hope, Ala.; Dean Wells, Casa Grande, Ariz.; and Justin Place, Hamer, Idaho.&nbsp;</strong></p> Sunbelt leaders to tour Idaho agricultural operations http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/sunbelt-leaders-tour-idaho-agricultural-operations <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a name="OLE_LINK2">Sunbelt farmers will see a diverse range of agricultural production and processing operations in southern Idaho on June 20-23 as part of the National Cotton Council&rsquo;s (NCC) Multi-Commodity Education Program (MCEP).</a></p> <p>Launched in 2006, the MCEP is coordinated by NCC&rsquo;s Member Services staff and local leaders and organizations. The program is supported by The Cotton Foundation with a grant from John Deere.</p> <p>The program is designed to provide its participants with:</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/sunbelt-leaders-tour-idaho-agricultural-operations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/sunbelt-leaders-tour-idaho-agricultural-operations#comments Cotton Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:36:00 +0000 167971 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Sunbelt farmers will visit barley (pictured) and other farming operations in southern Idaho June 20-23 during the National Cotton Council&#39;s 2016 Multi-Commodity Education Program tour. Photo: Scott Barbour, Getty Images.</p> California cotton acreage trends up 26 percent http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/california-cotton-acreage-trends-26-percent <div class="field-deck"> More complete numbers should be available in July </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California cotton acreage is up 26 percent in 2016 after hitting lows last year not seen since the Great Depression.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/california-cotton-acreage-trends-26-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/california-cotton-acreage-trends-26-percent#comments Cotton Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:04:00 +0000 167921 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>After California cotton acreage hit lows in 2015 not seen since the Great Depression, acreage figures this year look to be upwards of 26 percent higher than last. Total California acreage in 2016 looks to be more than 209,000 acres.</p>