Tuesday Cotton eNews

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April 21, 2015
 

Variety selection is perhaps producers' most important as well as most difficult decision of the growing season. Choose varieties with the genetic potential for higher yield and fiber quality but also consider specific traits and crop maturity. Consider planting more than one variety but try new varieties on a limited acreage to see how they perform on your farm.

Producers are reminded that they can access valuable crop production information under the National Cotton Council's Advancing Cotton Education (ACE) program at http://www.cotton.org/tech/ace/index.cfm. Supported by The Cotton Foundation, ACE relies on researchers and Extension cotton specialists to help develop and assist in the dissemination of this information to decision-makers.


 
 
NCC UPDATE
 
U.S. COTTON
 
(AgWeb) California Governor Jerry Brown's decision to exclude farms from water-use restrictions to counter the state's historic drought has reignited tensions between homeowners who covet green lawns and pools and farmers who produce half the produce grown in the U.S.
 
 
(Cotton Grower) More than 700 delegates from the global cotton industry are expected for "San Francisco 2015," the International Cotton Association's (ICA) major trade event on October 30-31.
 
 
WASHINGTON UPDATE
 
(Farm Progress) The U.S. should bring the agriculture and food sector to the table on the topic of global malnutrition, a report released last week by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs said.
 
 
INTERNATIONAL COTTON PRODUCTION
 
(Fibre2Fashion) The World Bank's East Asia and Pacific Economic Report April 2015 says China's growth is expected to gradually moderate from 7.1 per cent in 2015 and 6.9 per cent in 2017, reflecting intensified policy efforts to address financial vulnerabilities and structural constraints and to make growth more sustainable.
 
 
(Business Standard) Affected by sluggish Chinese demand, the country has exported only 4.5 million bales of cotton so far and the overall shipments are expected to fall by 29 per cent to 7 million bales in the ongoing crop year ending September, a top Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) official said today.
 
 
(All Africa) Five cotton producers have entered into a one year contract with five textile factories for the provision of 21,550tn of woven cotton, worth around 754 million birr.
 
 
TRADE
 
(AgFax) U.S. cotton planting reached 8% complete, compared with 9% a year ago and 11% on average.
 
 
TEXTILES
 
(Fibre2Fashion) As cotton textile mills in Telangana reel under a severe shortage of raw cotton, the Telangana Spinning and Textile Mills Association (TSTMA) has urged the state government, ministry of textiles and Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) to rescue this labour and capital intensive industry, according to media reports.
 
 
BIOTECHNOLOGY
 
(Farm Press) In a groundbreaking achievement led by an international team that includes Clemson scientist Chris Saski, the intricately woven genetic makeup of Upland cotton has been decoded for the first time in the ancient plant's history.
 
 
AGRIBUSINESS
 
(AgWeb) Several times each year, Farm Journal Media surveys farmers across the U.S. to consistently stay on top of the trends and topics that matter most in the agriculture industry.
 
 
(AgWeb) I recently wrote a column for Top Producer Magazine regarding Dynasty Trusts. 
 
 
COMMENTARY
 
(Cotton Grower) Cotton futures, basis the ICE contracts, gave up all of the prior three weeks gains this past week as the market lost some 200 points. Prices moved from the prior week's 65.50 cents to some 63.50 cents this week, as most of the tumble came during Thursday and Friday trading.
 
 
OF INTEREST
 
(DTN Progressive Farmer) A new study of weed control in Illinois fields shows tank mixtures of herbicide modes of action -- not simply rotating herbicides year to year -- are key to slowing the spread of resistant weeds.
 
 
(Farm Progress) Farmers who missed the 2015 Commodity Classic or want to revisit an education session at the Classic may now access video recordings of the 2015 Educational Sessions and General Session online.
 
 
(AgWeb) A San Diego municipal water agency appealed to the state to revise proposed water cutbacks because most of its users are farmers and they fear abundant avocado and citrus crops will dry up.
 
 
(DTN Progressive Farmer) The colorful carpets of winter annual weeds that can blanket fields have been delayed by cool spring weather this year. That won't last for long, according to University of Illinois weed scientist Aaron Hager.
 
 
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