Elton Robinson

Delta Farm Press

Elton joined Delta Farm Press in March 1993, and was named editor of the publication in July 1997. He writes about agriculture-related issues for cotton, corn, soybean, rice and wheat producers in west Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and southeast Missouri. Elton worked as editor of a weekly community newspaper and wrote for a monthly cotton magazine prior to Delta Farm Press. Elton and his wife, Stephony, live in Atoka, Tenn., 30 miles north of Memphis. They have three grown sons, Ryan Robinson, Nick Gatlin and Will Gatlin.

World cotton market has a split personality
Wonder why cotton analysts keep stressing the importance of managing price risk in today’s cotton market?
Resistant weeds changing the way we farm
A survey by the Cotton Incorporated Economics and Conservation-Tillage Workgroup indicates cotton producers are changing the way they farm in response to resistant weeds.
Precision farming: Don’t leave out farmer experience 1
If you’re a farmer thinking about getting into precision agriculture, Kelly Robertson, a consultant with Precision Crop Service, Benton, Ill., has some advice — find a provider who believes strongly in your knowledge and experience.
Nine factors that could impact commodity markets this decade
The ability of U.S. producers to feed a burgeoning global population depends on nine crucial factors, according to Jim Wiesemeyer, senior vice-president, Informa Economics.
2012 Southeast cotton crop big, high quality 1
The Southeast cotton producing region not only picked a big crop in 2012, they also produced a high quality one.
Could new crop cotton reach 85 cents?
While China’s huge reserve of cotton is applying negative pressure to cotton prices, world yarn production outside of China is pushing them higher, say market analysts speaking at the Ag Market Network’s January conference call.
Restoring China’s cotton consumption is key to U.S. market
China’s purchases of domestic cotton for as much as $1.25 a pound may have been good for its farmers, but it’s crippling China’s domestic textile industry’s competitiveness and hurting global demand, according to Joe Nicosia, executive vice-president, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, speaking at the 2013 Beltwide Cotton Conferences in San Antonio.
Johnny Little is 2013 Farm Press High Cotton Award winner for Mid-South region
Johnny Little of Holcomb, Miss., is the 2013 Farm Press High Cotton Award winner for the Mid-South region
Bisland Cotton Gin — 120 years old and still running
For those who cranked up the Bisland Cotton Gin for the first time on that fall morning in 1892, there was no boll weevil, local labor shortage, resistant pigweed or the comforts of air-conditioning, just a small community tightly bound by the urgency of harvest.
Changing irrigation methods from art to science
Researchers are hoping a new, on-farm study using soil moisture sensors will help transform the art of irrigation timing to the science of irrigation timing.
When does a water deficit affect cotton the most?
When does a water deficit affect cotton yield the most? According to a study conducted by Derrick Oosterhuis, professor of cotton physiology at the University of Arkansas and Dimitra Loka, doctoral graduate student at UA, cotton is sensitive to water-deficit stress at all stages of growth, but particularly during reproductive development, from first square to peak bloom.
Don’t wait on better cotton prices, use market
If you think cotton prices are headed higher, think about selling physical cotton and buying it back on the board rather than waiting out the market, says Kelli Merritt, Lubbock, Texas cotton farmer, broker and merchant, speaking at the Ag Market Network’s November conference call.
Cotton varieties demonstrate resiliency in 2012

The last two seasons have been tough on U.S. cotton production — farmers have faced historic drought in the Southwest, historic floods in the Mid-South and hurricane winds in the Southeast.

It’s been too hot, too wet, too dry and too windy, too often. Early springs have confounded or amazed and were often followed by summers that scorched the earth.

Yet somehow cotton got planted, adjusted to the conditions and started producing. Despite the vagaries of weather, USDA expects 2012 yields to be close to the 5-year average.

USDA bumps corn, cotton and soybean crop estimates
USDA raised estimated production for cotton, corn and soybeans in its Nov. 9 Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates and lowered rice production on lower yields.
In this economy, push cotton crop with all you’ve got
With cotton prices where they are, producer Bret Palmer has no choice but to push his crop for every pound he can get.
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