Elton Robinson

Elton
Robinson
Editor,
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.

Articles
Cotton demand ‘creeping’ higher
U.S. cotton acreage will probably fall short of USDA’s projected 13.15 million acres, but exports could be higher than projected on increases in world demand and continued stockpiling of cotton by the Chinese.
Cotton acres down 11 percent at 13.15 million
USDA is projecting U.S. cotton planted area for 2012 at 13.15 million acres, 11 percent below last year. But the estimate may already be starting to fall as cotton producers shift some intended acres to corn.
Challenging times persist for U.S. rice producers
Competition from grains, a poor quality crop in 2010, weather, the lack of convergence between futures and cash and falling export demand continue to challenge U.S. rice production, according to Carl Brothers, Riceland Foods senior vice president.
India’s export ban will remain in place – for now
India has confirmed that its export ban on cotton will remain in place despite the uproar from various international entities including China, which had the most cotton bought but not yet shipped.
India bans cotton exports, prices rise
India has once again banned cotton exports, and the action immediately pushed U.S. cotton futures prices higher.
Cotton insect losses down, but control costs up
U.S. cotton producers lost 3.01 percent of their crop to insects in 2011, one of the lowest percentages since entomologists began reporting losses 32 years ago.
Higher plantings for corn, cotton acres fall
USDA’s chief economist projects the highest corn plantings in 2012 since 1944, a decline in cotton plantings due to lower prices and a small increase in rice acreage.
Corn and soybean profitability to remain strong
Corn and soybean profitability will remain strong for U.S. producers over the next decade, thanks to steady demand and high prices, according to USDA’s 2012 - 2021 Long-Term Agricultural Outlook Projections, released in February.
USDA zeroes in on final production numbers
USDA did not make changes in production forecasts for major U.S. crops in its Feb. 9 Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, but continued to tweak U.S. and world export and world production figures.
Seed companies release new 2012 cotton varieties
What's new in cotton varieties and technology for 2012. Farm Press has the latest information for you.
Look for opportunities to price cotton
Although 2011's bull run of cotton prices appears to be over for now, prices are still at historically high levels and could spike higher depending on fundamentals and outside market forces. To learn how to take advantage of these pricing opportunities with options and futures, be sure to attend Cotton Incorporated's free seminar in Memphis, on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The information-rich workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Ave. There is no attendance fee and lunch will be provided.
Another weather market for cotton?
The eyes of the cotton market will be on Texas acreage and weather this spring, as that state’s producers face the possibility of another hot, dry planting season, spurred on the possibility of another La Nina weather pattern.
Cotton, rice crops decline, corn and soybeans up
The size of the U.S. cotton crop declines again, according to USDA's latest estimate.
Big reductions in rice acres for some states?
Next season could bring significant reductions in acreage for some rice producing states, according to rice specialists addressing the USA Rice Outlook Conference in Austin, Texas.
Coley Bailey: High Cotton Award winner for Delta region
Efficiency is such an overused word in agriculture these days, one hesitates to use it to describe Coffeeville, Miss., farmer Coley Bailey Jr. winner of the Farm Press/Cotton Foundation High Cotton Award for the Mid-South states. So, let’s just say he choreographs the entire picking operation from start to finish.
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