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.

When corn and cotton prices start with 7, it’s not good for cotton acres
China is still dominating the news behind the world cotton market, but large supplies, falling demand and competing commodities are increasingly important factors to watch, says Gary Adams, the National Cotton Council.
Brazilians watching farm bill development closely
Although Brazil is struggling with various concepts of the STAX plan, which could be a key component for cotton in a future farm bill, they are showing a willingness to work with it to resolve subsidy disputes.
Renewable Fuels Association takes on waiver proposal
The Renewable Fuels Association says there is enough of a cushion of ethanol supplies and banked credits for the ethanol industry to reduce usage and still meet the Renewable Fuels Standard.
U.S. corn and soybean yields continue to falter under heat
Drought in the Midwest continues to sap corn and soybean yields, according to USDA's August 10 crop report.
Cotton needs a deficit in world production next year
The world needs to produce a deficit in cotton production next year, to avoid a third straight year of record stocks, according to Allenberg CEO Joe Nicosia.
Experts project a 15.8 million bale U.S. cotton crop
Cotton analysts are projecting a 15.8 million bale U.S. cotton crop this season, 1.2 million bales lower than USDA’s July 11 projection of 17 million bales.
‘Young guns’ lasso some knowledge at Cotton Incorporated tour
A group of young cotton producers rode into Cary, N.C., looking to quench their thirst for knowledge about Cotton Incorporated. They got what they wanted, and more.
Midwest drought could persist, meteorologist says
The worst drought since 1988 has gripped a large portion of the Midwest, shriveling corn yields and producer profits. The drought, along with extremely high temperatures, extends into the Mid-South.
Corn production slashed – soybeans next shoe to drop?
USDA dropped projected U.S. corn yields by a stunning 20 bushels per acre in its July 11 crop report and lowered U.S. corn production from 14.79 billion bushels to 12.97 billion bushels.
Peanuts in Mississippi – it’s not just the good prices
Thanks to high prices, Mississippi producers have planted an estimated 50,000 acres of peanuts in the state this year, more than triple the acres planted in previous years and the most acres since 1943. But it’s not just the price of peanuts that interested Tunica, Miss., cotton producer and former Delta States High Cotton Award winner, Justin Cariker.
Corn production falls a staggering 1.8 billion bushels
USDA lowered its estimate of U.S. corn production by a staggering 1.82 billion bushels from last month due to persistent and extreme June dryness across the central and eastern Corn Belt and extreme late June and early July heat from the central Plains to the Ohio River Valley.
Cotton, rice acres fall, corn and beans near records
Estimated U.S. corn and soybean plantings for 2012 are up 5 percent and 1 percent, respectively, from last year, while cotton acres are down 14 percent, according to USDA’s June 29 Acreage Report.
Cotton market – do fundamentals eventually rule?
These days, the biggest challenge for cotton market analysts is not so much the fundamentals of supply and demand. It’s trying to figure out when, or if, the market pays any attention to them.
Specialty crop group petitions EPA on herbicide-resistant crops
A coalition within the U.S. specialty crop industry has petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency and USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to conduct an environmental impact statement (EIS) for dicamba- and 2,4-D-tolerant crops, saying more study of the technologies is needed.
Record cotton stocks overwhelm market
Cotton futures prices are starting to reflect a projected record worldwide surplus in supply. December 2012 futures prices had dropped from 97 cents per pound in February to around 77 cents in early May.
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