The U.S. cotton industry and specifically cotton producers are struggling with the effects of low prices for cotton, weak demand and growing competition from heavily-subsidized foreign producers....More
Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden announced she is stepping down from her post at the end of February. Michael Scuse, undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, will become the acting deputy secretary....More
Tobacco thrips that are resistant to neonicotinoid class of insecticides is proving to be more of a problem for cotton producers in North Carolina and across the Southeast with entomologists at North Carolina State University conducting research to understand why...More
Over the decades, cotton’s leaders have managed to pull a number of “rabbits out of their hats” just when it seemed the industry was going down for the count because of a combination of low prices, pest problems or high input costs....More
For the past two years or more, all of the U.S. cottonseed companies have provided upland cotton varieties that offer extremely high fiber quality, which is certainly good news for U.S. cotton farmers....More
It is a serious mistake in farming to choose high-yielding, susceptible crop varieties without carefully considering the benefits of resistant varieties to protect yield and reduce pathogen populations.
Samuel Pardue, a noted poultry science researcher and administrator at North Carolina State University, has been named dean and director of the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences....More
Cotton growers in 2016 will have access to Enlist cotton, which provides crop tolerance to Enlist Duo herbicide — a combination of glyphosate and new 2,4-D choline — and full tolerance to glufosinate herbicides....More