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 …

Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021 passage

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council (NCC) appreciates the Senate’s solid 92-8 passage today of the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021 (S. 1251) – legislation U.S. cotton’s central organization says can facilitate producers’ adoption of carbon sequestration practices and help lower greenhouse gas emissions. NCC Chairman Kent Fountain, a Georgia cotton producer and ginner, said, “the U.S. cotton …

UPDATES IMPROVE COTTON CULTIVATED WEB SITE

New Features Allow for Filtered Searches, Content Customization, and Easy Sharing  (MEMPHIS, TN) – Cotton Incorporated’s producer-focused Web site, Cotton Cultivated [cottoncultivated.cottoninc.com], was recently refreshed. A new look and new features make the site an even better resource for America’s cotton producers. Since its launch in 2015, Cotton Cultivated has become an indispensable tool for the cotton-growing community, allowing quick and easy access to …

Newsletter – June 2021

Articles in this month’s issue include: 1. June Mid-Season Cotton Irrigation Update (David Hall and Wes Porter) 2. June Nematode and Disease Update (Bob Kemerait) 3. Spray Considerations (Simer Virk, Eric Prostko, and Wes Porter) 4. June expected to be wetter than normal; tropics quiet so far (Pam Knox) 5. Cotton Aphid Management (Phillip Roberts) 6. Agronomic Update (Camp Hand) …

Producers with Crop Insurance to Receive Premium Benefit for Cover Crops

New Pandemic Cover Crop Program Helps Producers Continue Cover Crop Systems WASHINGTON, June 1, 2021 – Agricultural producers who have coverage under most crop insurance policies are eligible for a premium benefit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) if they planted cover crops during this crop year. The Pandemic Cover Crop Program (PCCP), offered nationally by USDA’s Risk Management …

GCC Seeking Potential Nominees for Cotton Board Member and Alternate Position

In July, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will convene a caucus of certified producer organizations representing cotton producers in Georgia to nominate individuals to serve as members and alternates of the Cotton Board, which administers the Cotton Research & Promotion Program, for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2022, as current board members’ terms expire on December 31, 2021. …

Planter Considerations for Planting Cotton in Dry Conditions

Written by Simerjeet Virk Similar to the weather conditions we experienced in May of 2019, the extremely hot and dry conditions this week is going to challenge growers to make some difficult planting decisions. Planting in dry conditions without adequate soil moisture in the furrow results in poor or reduced stands which in most cases translates to a significant yield …

NCC Congratulates Bronaugh on Confirmation

MEMPHIS – The National Cotton Council welcomed the Senate’s confirmation of Dr. Jewel Bronaugh as USDA’s Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. NCC Chairman Kent Fountain, a Georgia cotton producer and ginner, said the U.S. cotton industry congratulates Dr. Bronaugh and looks forward to working with her and other USDA senior leadership as they strive to carry out efficient and effective administration …

Agriculture Commodity Commissions Seeking Nominations

Several Georgia Agriculture Commodity Commissions are seeking nominations for positions of individuals whose terms are set to expire. The deadline for receiving nominations is Thursday, May 30, 2021. To serve on a Commodity Commission, a person must be a producer of the commodity of the commission, commit to attend meetings and represent the producers of the commodity. Term-expiring board members are …