Texas A&M AgriLife Research geospatial hydrologist Srinivasulu Ale says: “We believe cotton production in the Texas High Plains can withstand the effects of future climate variability under moderate increases in carbon dioxide levels.”...More
“Economic sluggishness in countries such as China and Brazil will continue to ripple through the rest of the world, including the United States, and drag the economy down. A strong dollar makes it even tougher to compete for export business. Other economies are also struggling.”...More
“I had to replant all my irrigated acreage because of the storms,” Shawn says. “We got 8 inches of rain — all at one time. Yield on my irrigated fields is not as good as usual, about 2-1/2 bales per acre. We typically want to make 3 bales on irrigated land.”...More
Some cotton farmers report yields may be off a bit from what they would like but perhaps better than many expected back in late spring and early summer when a combination of weather-delayed planting followed by drought set the crop back.
We still have a relatively tight supply picture, and ending stocks likely will either be lower or little changed, year-over-year, which suggests that, fundamentally, prices may continue to trade in their long-standing range....More
The High Plains area—The Northern High Plains, Southern High Plains and the Northern Low Plains— will produce nearly 4.5 million of the state’s estimated 5.65 million-bale crop, according to the latest USDA Texas Cotton Production estimate. The Southern Low Plains will add another 425,000 bales....More
The moderate temperatures and wet conditions experienced throughout the High Plains from May to July were conducive for the development of bacterial blight (Fig. 1). An increase in the disease was observed across most of the region with observations of bacterial blight-like symptoms occurring on varieties that had previously been documented as being resistant or immune....More
“I feel good about our FSA offices here in Texas and across the nation for the work they have done over the past two years to get these programs rolled out,” said USDA-FSA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini....More