Prevention of Plastic Contamination

PERRY, Ga. – Cotton grown in the United States has the reputation for one of the cleanest fibers in the world. This reputation is under threat, as the increase of plastic contamination remains a major problem in cotton. Gins and textile mills continue to find plastic in cotton bales. Some of the culprits include plastic wrap from round modules, shopping …

Ag Coalition Sends Letter Warning of Tax Provisions

The Georgia Cotton Commission, along with 330 national and state agricultural organizations including the National Cotton Council, Southern Cotton Growers, Inc., and Georgia Farm Bureau submitted a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee cautioning against proposals that could lead to threatening tax increases on American agriculture. Federal tax policies play an important role in …

Georgia Cotton Commission Submits Comments on WOTUS Rule

On August 27, the Georgia Cotton Commission submitted comments on the Biden Administration’s proposed reinstatement of the Waters of the United State (WOTUS) rule. When originally introduced in 2015, the WOTUS brought confusion by its inconsistent definition and contradiction to rules from state regulators in Georgia and across the country. The Navigable Protection Waters Rule (NWPR), which has since been …

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Announces 2021 Grower Enrollment Webinars

MEMPHIS, TENN (September 8, 2021) – The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol will present six, live enrollment webinars focusing on how the program helps U.S. growers meet the changing demands from their end customer while also better documenting and verifying the sustainability practices and advances already incorporated into their farms. Launched in 2020, the Trust Protocol is a farm level, science-based …

Cotton/Peanut Research Field Day set for Sept. 8, 2021, in Tifton, Georgia

PERRY/TIFTON, Ga. – The Georgia Cotton Commission, Georgia Peanut Commission and the University of Georgia Extension Cotton and Peanut Teams, will co-sponsor a joint research field day on Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, in Tifton, Georgia. The field day will start at 8:00 a.m. at the Tifton Campus Conference Center (TCCC) in the North Parking Lot. After a brief welcome, field …

Newsletter – August 2021

Articles in this month’s issue include: 1. Managing Target Spot and Areolate Mildew (Bob Kemerait) 2. How to Fertilize Drowned Out Cotton (Glen Harris) 3. Cotton Irrigation Considerations for August (Wes Porter and David Hall) 4. Cotton response to excessive rain, cloudy days, and management strategies (Camp Hand and John Snider) 5. Causes of fruit shed (John Snider, Camp Hand, …

UGA Offering Field Days in 2021

On August 11, Georgia cotton producers, University of Georgia faculty and staff and industry personnel will gather for the Midville Field Day at the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center. To pre-register, visit https://bit.ly/3y8lyPQ. At the field day, attendees will see firsthand the research that UGA’s first class group of extension scientists are conducting with producer funds via the Georgia Cotton …

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Welcomes Tesco As New Member

MEMPHIS, TENN – [June 29, 2021] – The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol welcomes the UK’s leading retailer, Tesco, as a member of the system that brings quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurement to more sustainable cotton production. Tesco joins the Trust Protocol as part of its commitment to sourcing 100% sustainable cotton by 2025. Tesco’s membership marks a significant step …

Davis and Mathis Reappointed to Cotton Commission Board

In late June, the Commodity Commission Ex Officio Committee met to make appointments to the Georgia Cotton Commission Board of Directors. GCC Chairman Bart Davis, a cotton, peanut, corn and cattle farmer from Doerun, Ga. was reappointed to another term on the board. Chad Mathis, a cotton, peanut and corn farm of Arlington, Ga. was reappointed to the board as …

To Pix, or not to Pix?

By Camp Hand This year has been a unique one across the cotton belt, and Georgia has not been immune to that. The planting season was drawn out, and tough for many people. Georgia growers faced a number of challenges from being too cool and wet early, to too hot and dry in mid-May, and then too wet again to finish it out. Luckily I …