Surprising Crop Report from USDA

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2016 Prospective Plantings report out today from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) shows farmers expect to plant more corn and less soybeans this year. U.S. corn growers expect to plant 93.6 million acres to corn this year, the first increase in corn planted acreage since 2012 and, if realized, will be the third largest corn acreage since 1944. …

AFBF, Corn, Cotton, Markets, Planting, Rice, Soybeans, USDA, wheat

Monsanto Celebrates 20 Years of Bollgard Cotton

Kelly Marshall

Keylon Ghoston is Monsanto‘s Cotton Product Manager and 2016 marks 20 years of the company’s Bollgard Cotton brand. To honor this anniversary Ghoston attended the recent Mid-South Farm & Gin Show and spoke with AgWired about the history and the future of this product. Bollgard came along at just the right time in 1996. The previous year growers all along …

Agribusiness, Cotton, Insecticide, Monsanto

The 64th Annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

Lizzy Schultz

The 64th Annual 2016 Mid South Farm & Gin Show was held last week at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The event has been held in the same location since its beginning, and is sponsored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association(SCGA). The spacious facility offered the 17,000 attendees a four-story trade show, hosting 400 exhibitors from around 40 …

Ag Group, Audio, Cotton, Events, Farm & Gin Show

Cotton Council Planting Intentions Survey Released

Cindy Zimmerman

The National Cotton Council (NCC) 35th Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey indicates U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 9.1 million cotton acres this spring, up 6.2 percent from 2015. Upland cotton intentions are 8.9 million acres, up 5.7 percent from 2015, while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of 208,000 acres represent a 31.2 percent increase, according to the survey results …

Cotton, Planting

2015 Cotton Genetics Research Award Winner Named

Taylor Truckey

The recipient of the 2015 Cotton Genetics Research Award was announced during the 2016 Beltwide Cotton Improvement Conference. Dr. David B. Weaver, a cotton breeder who has dedicated his career conducting plant breeding research and educating generations of undergraduate and graduate students at Auburn University, is the recipient of the award. Dr. Weaver, a professor in Auburn’s Agronomy & Soils …

Award, Cotton, Research

Bayer Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year

Taylor Truckey

Bayer has named the 2016 Extension Cotton Specialist of the Year. Gaylon Morgan, Ph.D., Extension cotton specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service received the award at the Extension Cotton Specialist dinner and banquet on the evening of Jan. 6 during the 2016 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in New Orleans. The prestigious award is voted on annually by Extension cotton specialists …

Award, Bayer CropScience, Company Announcement, Cotton

Bayer Introduces Three New Cotton Varieties

Kelly Marshall

Bayer CropScience is providing growers with three new varieties of cotton to choose from for the 2016 growing season.  Their new line up consists of one FiberMax and two Stoneville plants, each with the proprietary Bayer traits of GlyTol, LibertyLink and TwinLink technologies. GlyTol and LibertyLink traits offer weed control with over-the-top use of glyphostate and Liberty herbicides.  The TwinLink …

Agribusiness, Bayer CropScience, Cotton

Strider Expands Into US With Decision Making Platform

Taylor Truckey

Strider, a well-respected, agriculture-focused tech start-up in Brazil, has recently expanded in the US market. Mainly in Texas as of now, Strider is bringing it’s mission of cutting input costs to the American farmer by helping farmers monitor pests, diseases, and weeds. This platform creates value by taking the information collected by scouts on the field to be evaluated by …

agronomy, Apps, Audio, Cotton, Pesticides, Scouting, Software, Spraying, Strider, technology

Deltapine Brings Back High Yield Hunter’s Contest

Kelly Marshall

Deltapine is excited to be bringing back the High Yield Hunter’s contest.  Post a picture of your cotton harvest– fields, picker, bales of cotton, etc., now through December 6th and you’ll be entered to win a YETI Tundra cooler each week.  A grand prize winner will also receive an all-expenses-paid quail hunting trip to Southern Woods Plantation. To be eligible …

Agribusiness, Contest, Cotton

Corn and Soybean Forecasts Higher

Cindy Zimmerman

The November crop forecast from USDA has increased this year’s corn and soybean production expectations, but lowered cotton and citrus. Corn production remains lower than last year’s record but is up slightly in this month’s forecast at 13.7 billion bushels with yields expected to average 169.3 bushels per acre, up 1.3 bushels from the October forecast. If realized, this will …

Corn, Cotton, Soybeans, USDA