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Jan 5, 2012

Cotton’s carbon footprint getting close analysis

The amount of energy cotton farmers use to grow their crops has drawn increasing scrutiny as more attention is paid to energy usage and the carbon footprint. Research in the Vision 21 project is showing that cotton production energy use sometimes pales in comparison with the amount of energy used by consumers in cleaning those products. Cotton Incorporated’s Berrye Worsham talked about some of the latest findings from the project at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences....More
Jan 4, 2012

Consultants hear the grim details on Texas drought

Everyone has heard about the drought in Texas in 2011. But crop consultants got to hear some of the grim details at the opening session of the Beltwide Cotton Conferences yesterday. Bob Glodt, a crop consultant from Plainview, said more than 85 percent of Texas’ dryland cotton acres were failed due to the drought. Here’s more on the drought and a new type of thrips from Glodt’s presentation in Orlando....More
Dec 30, 2011
Delta Farm Press

Current strength in agriculture ‘not a flash in the pan,’ USDA analyst says

Some farmers have been pinching themselves because of the high commodity prices they’ve experienced this year. Are those prices a one-time thing or part of a long-term trend? USDA’s Michael Dwyer says the current prosperity could be here to stay unless it gets derailed by a recession in Europe. Dwyer spoke at the USA Rice Federation’s annual Outlook Conference in Austin, Texas....More
Dec 28, 2011
Delta Farm Press

Louisiana rice growers may lose 30,000 to 40,000 acres to salt water contamination

Two hurricanes and other natural disasters have created a situation where rice farmers in South Louisiana face the loss of 30,000 to 40,000 acres because of saltwater contamination....More
Dec 21, 2011

Financial crisis sees more countries focusing on rice production

The global financial crisis – and rising food prices – are causing more countries to focus on rice production. That’s not good news for U.S. rice producers who have been dealing with weather problems of their own. University of Arkansas Extension economist Bobby Coats discussed the outlook for U.S. and Arkansas rice after his presentation at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in Austin, Texas....More
Dec 18, 2011

More rain needed for Texas rice producers, observers say

Texas rice producers are hoping rainfall will occur in the Rice Belt -- and in the hill country areas around Austin as they prepare for 2012....More
Dec 13, 2011

USA Rice Federation trying to keep rice farmer options open

A true choice. That’s what the U.S. Rice Producers Group and the USA Rice Federation were seeking when the House and Senate Agriculture Committees began the process of making recommendations to the Select Committee on Deficit Reduction earlier this fall....More
Dec 12, 2011

World fertilizer dynamics changing

It wasn’t that long ago that farmers were paying upwards of $1,000 a ton for nitrogen fertilizer and wondering if prices would ever go down. That situation has changed, and fertilizer prices are showing signs of weakness at least through the spring. David Asbridge explained some of the new realities in the markets in this interview at the Integrated Crop Management Conference at Iowa State University....More
Dec 12, 2011

Budget reduction efforts move farm bill forward?

The recent efforts by the Congressional Select Committee on Deficit Reduction came to naught. But the exercise may have helped move the farm bill process forward. Texas A&M’s Joe Outlaw discussed the status of farm bill negotiations during an interview at the USA Rice Federation Outlook Conference in Austin, Texas....More
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