Land O’Lakes Project Receives USDA Climate-Smart Funding

Cindy Zimmerman

Truterra, LLC, the sustainability business of Land O’Lakes, Inc., and American Farmland Trust (AFT), along with other partners, have received funding from USDA’s Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities forf a project aimed at scaling production and addressing equity. Truterra and AFT’s Climate SMART (Scaling Mechanisms for Agriculture’s Regenerative Transformation) pilot project intends to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by approximately 7.2 …

carbon, Corn, Cotton, Dairy, Soybean, Sustainability

Plantings Report Expects More Soybeans, Less Corn

Cindy Zimmerman

U.S. farmers expect to plant more soybeans and less corn acreage, according to the 2022 Prospective Plantings report released today by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Producers surveyed say they intend to plant a record high 91.0 million acres of soybeans in 2022, up 4% from last year, at the same time decreasing corn acres by 4% to 89.5 …

Audio, Corn, Cotton, Soybean, USDA, Wheat

Cotton Council Reveals Planting Intentions Survey

Cindy Zimmerman

According to the National Cotton Council’s 41st Annual Early Season Planting Intentions Survey, U.S. cotton producers intend to plant 12.0 million cotton acres this spring, up 7.3 percent from 2021. Upland cotton intentions are 11.9 million acres, up 7.1 percent from 2021, while extra-long staple (ELS) intentions of 158,000 acres represent a 24.8 percent increase. The detailed survey results were …

Audio, Cotton

ZimmCast 683 – Wrap-ups and Previews

Chuck Zimmerman

Hello and welcome to the ZimmCast. This episode will be about a wrap-up and a couple of previews. 2022 got off to a fast start with our virtual newsroom production for the National Cotton Council and the Beltwide Cotton Conferences. You can find the interviews and photos on which has a link to the custom page we created for …

Ag Groups, Audio, Biodiesel, Cotton, National Biodiesel Conference, Precision Agriculture, ZimmCast

2021 Production Up for Corn, Soybeans and Cotton

Cindy Zimmerman

Corn, soybean and cotton production were all higher in 2021 compared to 2020, according to the 2021 Crop Production Annual Summary released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). U.S. corn growers produced 15.1 billion bushels, up 7% from 2020 and the second highest on record. Corn yield in the United States is estimated at …

Corn, Cotton, Soybean, USDA

Bayer Anticipates ThryvOn Approval by 2023

Cindy Zimmerman

Bayer’s ThryvOn™ technology cotton trait for control of tarnished plant bugs and thrips is getting closer to full regulatory approval. “ThryvOn is industry’s first Bt trait that controls thrip species and tarnished plant bug species,” said Bayer Cotton Traits and Agronomic Systems Manager Tim Dabbert at last week’s Beltwide Cotton Conferences. “We’ve put it into cotton and we’re going to …

Audio, Bayer, Beltwide Cotton, Cotton

Mid-South Farm & Gin Plans Hybrid Show

Cindy Zimmerman

The 70th Annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show will be held live and in-person this year, February 25-26 at the Renasant Convention Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Tim Price, show manager and executive vice president of the Southern Cotton Ginners Association, says they will be both live and virtual this year because last year’s virtual experience opened up a whole new …

Audio, Cotton, Farm & Gin Show

BASF Honors Cotton Specialist of the Year

Cindy Zimmerman

Kansas State University Extension Specialist Stu Duncan was presented with the Cotton Specialist of the Year Award by BASF this week at the Beltwide Cotton Conferences. Voted on by cotton specialists in the 17 states where cotton is grown, this highly-esteemed award is based on several considerations, including exceptional leadership and outstanding industry service. “Saw my first cotton plants in …

Audio, BASF, Beltwide Cotton, Cotton

Cotton Trust Protocol Update

Cindy Zimmerman

The U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol recently celebrated one-year since its official launch in 2020. The Trust Protocol brings quantifiable and verifiable goals and measurement to sustainable cotton production and drives continuous improvement in six key sustainability metrics– land use, soil carbon, water management, soil loss, greenhouse gas emissions and energy efficiency. National Cotton Council president and CEO Dr. Gary Adams, …

Audio, Beltwide Cotton, Cotton, Sustainability

Carbon a Topic at Cotton Consultants Conference

Cindy Zimmerman

The consultants conference kicked off the first day of the live and in-person 2022 Beltwide Cotton Conferences this week in San Antonio. National Cotton Council Vice President for Technical Services Don Parker discussed the science of carbon sequestration for the consultants and the differences between measuring the carbon and improving farming practices. “It’s got an excellent future for us,” said …

Audio, Beltwide Cotton, carbon, Cotton