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 …

NCC: Climate Solutions Legislation Is Timely

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Cotton Council (NCC) says the Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021 will help pave the way for producers and forest landowners to adopt carbon sequestration practices – thus helping lower greenhouse gas emissions. The bill, introduced by Senate Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN), is scheduled to …

Cotton is Foundation for Re-Shoring American Manufacturing

An initiative from Field to Closet is making the concept of American grown and made, 100 percent cotton scrubs a reality.  To highlight the initiative, a kick-off event was held April 9th, 2021, at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture in Tifton, Georgia and culminate this summer with 15 hospitals in rural Georgia receiving medical scrubs at no cost. “Field to …

Finalized 2020 On-Farm Variety Trial Lint Yields

By Camp Hand I know many have been waiting, and the day is finally here. Below you will find a link to the finalized lint yields from the 2020 On-Farm Variety Trials. We are sending samples to Memphis, TN this week for fiber quality data and should have that back relatively soon. I would like to give Chandler Rowe, our new …

Georgia Cotton Commission Approves 2022 Research

PERRY, Ga – The Georgia Cotton Commission Board of Directors approved $745,094 in research for the 2022 crop year and an additional $42,050 for the 2021 crop year during the March board meeting. The money will fund 19 projects that will be conducted by University of Georgia researchers and extension specialists. Projects range from funding for the UGA cotton team to …

Harris Retiring From Georgia Cotton Commission; Rodgers Joins Commission Staff

Martha Harris, Office Manager of the Georgia Cotton Commission for the past 21 years, retired effective March 31. Kelly Rodgers of Perry, Ga. joined the Georgia Cotton Commission staff January 4 to serve as the Operations Coordinator upon Harris’s retirement. Prior to the Commission, Rodgers worked in an administrative role at a local insurance company. She is married and has …

U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol Welcomes Over 300 Members In Six Months

MEMPHIS, TENN  – The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol has reached the milestone of welcoming more than 300 brand, retailer, mill and manufacturer members since it opened enrollment six months ago. This includes Gap Inc. and its purpose-led lifestyle brands Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta as well as UK retailers Next Plc. and Byford.  The Trust Protocol also has …