Cotton en Sunbelt leaders to 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:36:00 +0000 167971 at <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 <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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:04:00 +0000 167921 at <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> Study reports 'inconvenient truth' about GMO's <div class="node-body blog-body">Report spells out why we should not fear GMOs</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Government Crops Farm Press Blog Wed, 18 May 2016 16:04:00 +0000 167321 at Photos: A better way to irrigate cotton in Arizona? <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Kevin Bronson and Kelly Thorp of the&nbsp;USDA&#39;s Agricultural Research Service in Maricop, Ariz. are in the third year of field tests to determine if the there is a better way to irrigate&nbsp;cotton in the Grand Canyon State other than traditionally flooding fields.</p> <p>Two separate&nbsp;field studies at the Maricopa Agricultural Center are testing two methods: an overhead sprinkler system guided by precision agriculture tools to place water only where needed and only how much is really needed in the field; and buried drip - a.k.a. subsurface drip irrigation.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Fertilizers Flood Other Piped Water Sat, 14 May 2016 15:16:00 +0000 167181 at ARS targets next generation Arizona cotton irrigation <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Water for agricultural irrigation is the most precious natural resource in western agriculture. Due to ever tightening water supplies, more attention is being focused on shifting from flood-irrigated cotton to more efficient systems which could include sprinkler and buried drip systems.</p> <p>This could happen sooner rather than later.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cereal Grains Flood Irrigation Equipment Other Piped Water Sat, 14 May 2016 00:22:00 +0000 167171 at <p><strong>An irrigated cotton field trial,&nbsp;using an overhead sprinkler system&nbsp;instead of traditional flood irrigation, is underway at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service&rsquo;s U.S. Arid-Land Agriculture Research Center in Maricopa, Ariz. &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> More water could bolster western cotton acres <div class="field-deck"> Grower intentions total 362,000 acres in Arizona, California </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Farmers could plant 362,000 acres of cotton in the West in 2016.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Mon, 09 May 2016 12:02:00 +0000 166961 at <p>Cotton acreage in the West could be somewhat improved from last year though weather is challenging planting season for growers in California and Arizona.</p> Integrated brown stink bug control in western cotton <div class="field-byline"> Brad Robb, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In 2011, the telephone in the Arizona Pest Management Center at the University of Arizona (UA) started ringing. Farmers and pest control advisors (PCAs) from Central Arizona and along the Colorado River on the Arizona-California border were reporting elevated levels of brown stink bugs (BSB) in Upland cotton.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Stink bugs Sun, 01 May 2016 20:44:00 +0000 166831 at <p><strong>Lydia Brown of the University of Arizona conducts research to minimize the impact of the brown stink bug in cotton fields.</strong></p> China puts 9 million bales of cotton on world market <div class="field-deck"> Sale is a portion of estimated 58 million bales of reserves </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Concerns surface that China is dumping cotton as 9 million bales go up for sale</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:05:00 +0000 166731 at <p>Farmer laborers work at a cotton factory in Korla&nbsp;City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. About one million farm workers from other&nbsp;provinces travel to Xinjiang to pick cotton.&nbsp;</p> Photo by Guang Niu/Getty Images Make China pay price for cotton market misdeeds <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>China is a double-edged sword killing the world cotton market.</p> <p>A recent <strong>Wall Street Journal</strong> article repeated what cotton marketers have been saying for several years. China consumes about one-third of cotton&rsquo;s annual global production, making it the most important market in the world, yet China is destroying the world&rsquo;s cotton market by sitting on 60 percent of the world&rsquo;s cotton stock.</p> <p>Cotton is trading at the lowest prices in seven to 12 years, depending on the marketplace.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Farm Press Blog Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:39:00 +0000 166721 at <p>Cotton - file photo.</p> Conservation bio-control can save input costs, improve pest management in cotton <div class="field-byline"> Brad Robb, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Peter Ellsworth, integrated pest management (IPM) specialist with the University of Arizona, and Steven Naranjo of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, have studied whiteflies for more than 20 years.</p> <p>They know all too well the damage whiteflies can do to a field of open cotton, and the physical and economic damage sticky cotton can consequently cause to a textile operation if not detected.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cotton Cotton Whiteflies Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:18:00 +0000 166631 at <p><strong>An open cotton field is at risk to damage from whiteflies. Conservation bio-control using natural predators can help reduce input costs and improve pest management for cotton growers and pest specialists.</strong></p>