Cotton en Looking at bright side of troubling cotton industry <div class="field-byline"> Harry Cline, Farm Press Editor Emeritus </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The finest Acala Upland and Extra Long Staple (ELS) Pima cottons in the world are produced in California. Fiber buyers worldwide know them well as the finest cotton around for producing premium textiles.</p> <p>However, factors far from the turn-rows are pressuring that enviable position to the point that even the most optimistic in the industry are admitting concern for the future of California cotton because acreage is disappearing faster than a spinning 4,000-rpm picker spindle.</p> <p></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Sun, 20 Sep 2015 22:18:00 +0000 161821 at <p><strong>Keith Deputy, left, New Mexico and Texas cotton producer,&nbsp;presents Jesse Curlee, retiring Supima president-CEO, with a seldom-awarded &lsquo;Man of the Year&rsquo; award for his leadership with the association over the past 36 years.</strong></p> Pacheco family grows food, fiber even with urban encroachment <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The Pacheco family of Marana, Ariz.&nbsp;knows first hand about two things: farming successfully for three generations and now facing the likely&nbsp;loss of their farm in time due to urban encroachment from the greater Tucson area.</p> <p>Yet the Pachecos are proud and profitable farmers, and will continue to farm as long as they can.</p> <p>Enjoy these photos of the Pacheco family and their food and fiber operation.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Milo Wheat Sat, 19 Sep 2015 00:10:00 +0000 161811 at Pacheco family – feeding, clothing the world from the urban fringe <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Only a painted concrete block wall and a dirt road separate the Pacheco family&rsquo;s farm shop and equipment shed from a spanking new subdivision of stucco-based tile-roofed houses next door - about 100 feet apart to be precise.</p> <p>Despite the closeness between the still rural yet urbanizing town of&nbsp;Marana, Ariz. and the family&rsquo;s agricultural enterprise, Dan Pacheco keeps hard at work managing the almost 1,600 acre operation.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Wheat Fri, 18 Sep 2015 14:59:00 +0000 161781 at <p>Dan and Patrick Pacheco - son and father - farm about 1,600 acres of cotton, wheat, and grain sorghum on the urban fringe of Marana, Ariz. located&nbsp;about 15 miles from Tucson. File photo.</p> 2016 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Jan. 5-6, New Orleans <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Mark the calendar for the 2016 Beltwide Cotton Conferences, Jan. 5-7, 2016 in New Orleans, La.</p> <p>Registration and hotel reservations at the New Orleans Marriott can be made starting Sept. 21 <a href="">online</a>. A schedule of events and general information are on the website.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Tue, 15 Sep 2015 15:40:00 +0000 161661 at Photos tell the story - Brown stink bug in California cotton <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Two years ago, a new pest menace to California cotton - the brown stink bug - infested fields in the state&#39;s&nbsp;Palo Verde Valley in Riverside County. The pest has now caused damaged in cotton for three consecutuve growing seasons.</p> <p>Cotton losses have been significant. In late August, some growers turned off the irrigation water to their cotton crops and planned to harvest what fiber they could. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Review these photos to see the pest culprit, its damage, and the actions by cotton leaders to bring future solutions to this problem.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Stink bugs Thu, 10 Sep 2015 18:19:00 +0000 161601 at 'Red tape' delays brown stink bug control in Cal cotton <div class="field-deck"> Pest attacking Palo Verde Valley cotton - will bug spread to other areas? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The California cotton industry continues in survival mode these days with growers facing water reductions from a four-year epic drought, acreage competition from high-value permanent crops, flat fiber prices, and now the devastating brown stink bug (BSB).</p> <p>The brown stink bug reared its ugly head two years ago in California&rsquo;s Palo Verde Valley (PVV) in Riverside County in the southern reaches of the state. The cotton pest has also been found just to the south in northern Imperial County.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Thu, 10 Sep 2015 17:08:00 +0000 161591 at <p>Vonny Barlow, UCCE Riverside County entomologist, conducts insecticide efficacy and phermone trials in California&#39;s&nbsp;Palo Verde Valley&nbsp;to learn&nbsp;the best control options against the varocious&nbsp;brown stink bug in cotton.&nbsp;</p> California, Arizona cotton growers tour Southeast operations <div class="field-byline"> Georgia Cotton Commission </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A handful of cotton growers from&nbsp;California and Arizona learned about agriculture in Georgia including cotton, peaches, and other crops in early August.</p> <p>Click this link to the full story:&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" title=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>​</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Thu, 20 Aug 2015 01:01:00 +0000 161101 at Analysts’ views differ on impact of August Crop Production Report <div class="node-body article-body"><p>How high could cotton futures go following USDA&rsquo;s surprising August Crop Production Report, which lowered the forecast for the 2015 U.S. cotton crop to 13.1 million bales from its previous estimate of 14.5 million bales?</p> <p>Not as high as you might think, according to participants in the Ag Market Network&rsquo;s panel of marketing experts who were polled during the Network&rsquo;s monthly teleconference that followed the release of the first survey-based 2015 production report on Aug. 12.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Sat, 15 Aug 2015 00:11:00 +0000 160931 at California cotton acreage continues to shrink <div class="node-body article-body">California cotton acreage continues its marked decline</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:22:00 +0000 160771 at <p>California cotton production continues to decrease as water availability declines and competition for higher-value crops increases.</p> Sticky cotton control demands early attack on whitefly <div class="node-body article-body">How to grow clean cotton</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Sun, 26 Jul 2015 21:29:00 +0000 160261 at <p>Clean cotton requires an early commitment to control pests such as the Whitefly.</p>