Athena For Cotton

Chuck Zimmerman

During the Beltwide Cotton Conferences my sponsor, FMC, featured two products for cotton growers, Athena and Mustang Max. I visited with Rusty Mitchell, to learn more about Athena. Rusty says Athena was originally developed for tree fruits and vegetable crops but realized it would have a great fit in cotton. It’s a pre-mix insecticide which was initially targeting spider mite …

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Cotton’s First Forty Days

Chuck Zimmerman

One of the resources available to cotton growers from the National Cotton Council is a pair of booklets on best management practices. They’re titled “The First 40 Days” and “Fruiting to Finish,” (pdf) To learn more about this project I spoke with Bill Robertson, Manager, Cotton Agronomy, Soils and Physiology, pictured toward the right in this photo. Bill says these …

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eCotton Launches MyModules App

Chuck Zimmerman

At the Beltwide Cotton Conferences I met Joe Wyrick, President, EWR, Inc. His company has a division called eCotton which “is dedicated to supplying the information processing needs of the cotton industry.” One of the new ways they’re doing that is with a brand new smartphone app called MyModules. Cotton producers can register new cotton modules and have them transmitted …

Agribusiness, Apps, Beltwide Cotton, Cotton

FMC On Display

Chuck Zimmerman

During the Beltwide Cotton Conferences there’s a program track called “New Developments From Industry.” Our sponsor, FMC, conducted two of those sessions, including one by Craig Heim on a product they expect registration on later this year. Now that’s new! Craig says they anticipate the new product will have the trade name Display which is a combination of two PPO …

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A Look At This Year’s Beltwide Cotton Conferences

Chuck Zimmerman

This year’s Beltwide Cotton Conferences attracted about the same size crowd as last year according to National Cotton Council Vice President of Producer Affairs, Craig Brown. I sat down with Craig to find out how he thought things were going and to talk about upcoming format changes for the annual event. Craig says this is the second year they have …

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2012 Cotton Market Outlook

Chuck Zimmerman

We’ve had a look back at the cotton industry in 2011 but how about 2012? At the Beltwide Cotton Conferences we got that outlook from J. Michael Quinn, Carolinas Cotton Growers Cooperative. He started with a look at supply and demand. The December acreage projection was down from the November report. December had a significant slow down in mill use …

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2011 Cotton Year In Review

Chuck Zimmerman

How did things go in the cotton industry in 2011? The answers were included in a Beltwide Cotton Conferences general session presentation by Dr. David Wright, University of Florida. Florida wound up the 13th largest cotton growing state last year as an fyi. David says there was just too much that happened in 2011 to cover it all but he …

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The Beltwide FMC Team

Chuck Zimmerman

Here’s the FMC team ready for the start of the trade show at the 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences. I really appreciate their support and making my coverage of this year’s event possible. To find out what cotton growers will find when they visit with FMC I spoke with Stu Throop, Product Manager. Stu says that FMC has “placed a tremendous …

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Welcome To Beltwide Cotton Production Conference

Chuck Zimmerman

Missouri cotton farmer and Chairman of the National Cotton Council Charles Parker welcomed everyone to the 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences. His remarks kicked off the Beltwide Cotton Production Conference. Besides talking about this year’s conference Charles talked about the activities of the National Cotton Council during 2011. Following the opening remarks we heard about weather patterns in the cotton belt, …

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The Environmental Footprint of Cotton

Chuck Zimmerman

At the 2012 Beltwide Cotton Conferences the media received a preview of the Cotton Life Cycle Inventory & Life Cycle Assessment. This is a benchmark study for cotton sustainability. Cotton Incorporated announced today the completion of a comprehensive life cycle inventory and life cycle analysis of cotton products. The endeavor is part of the Cotton Foundation VISION 21 Project and …

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