This time of the year is the time when gardeners are consider the seed purchases they will make for their backyard. Taking that to a scale where you may have hundreds, even thousands of acres to plant and your family’s income is dependent on it and you can imagine it is both exciting and stressful for farmers. Looking at various… Read More
Can you get me some cotton seed for my garden?
I love the excitement behind the question I get asked each spring — “Can you get me some cotton seed for my garden?” reminds me that other people would like to see the wonder that is cotton seed turning into a plant with broad leaves, slowly putting on buds that become flowers and ultimately form those beautiful bolls we all… Read More
How many acres of cotton will U.S. farmers plant in 2018?
This is one of those weeks where it is easy for me to wish I was traveling even though I am so excited to have spent the weekend at home. The reason I kind of wish I was traveling? The National Cotton Council held it’s annual meeting this weekend and you know how much I love some of my cotton… Read More
Young Cotton Plants & 2014 Cotton Planting Progress to Date
This spring has been a bit nuts. Not only have we had weird cold snaps and some pretty significant storms, but I have been traveling a lot and all of those things come together to delay my seeing those precious cotton plants getting their start this spring. But today, as I drove back to St. Louis from Memphis, I got… Read More
2013 Cotton Acres Early Projections & Planting Estimates
I’m overdue to write up something explaining what’s going on in the world of US 2013 cotton acres. Of course, it has been the topic of discussion for a lot of cotton meetings this winter and the spring planting season was bumpy with weather. I figured now is as good a time as any to talk about what’s going on…. Read More
Farmers are Planning For Cotton Harvest as They Plant Cotton
Sometimes it takes me longer to get around to answering a question than it should. I recently saw some things about cotton planting and a light bulb went off reminding me I had promised to answer a few questions from my friend Kevin at The Cotton Boll Conspiracy. He asked: What’s the planting range for cotton in a specific area? I… Read More