Ample global stocks, low cotton prices and other uncertainties around global mill use will create another challenging marketing year for cotton in 2016. Here's why might acreage go up, despite these factors.
U.S. cotton exports are reduced 500,000 bales to 9.5 million, reflecting continued sluggish export sales, attributable mainly to sharply lower imports by China relative to last season.
Bt technology helps increase yield, decrease sprays and increase insect diversity
Even though cotton prices remain stuck in a sub-profitable range for most Cotton Belt producers, acreage could shift out of grain sorghum and dryland wheat and back into cotton this spring.
Monsanto Company has announced plans to build a $140 million cotton seed processing plant in West Texas where nearly 40 percent of the nation's fluffy fiber is planted.
Meanwhile, the 2015/16 U.S. cotton balance sheet shows marginally lower production and higher ending stocks relative to last month.
Since 1996, cotton farmers have had access to Bt technology, which they say has resulted in higher yields, fewer trips with the sprayer and increased beneficial insects in their fields.
Kansas cotton farmers are seeing better yields, but the crop is losing ground to other commodities.
Cottonseed derivatives find their way into a remarkable array of products: cooking oil, cattle feed, electronics, food ingredients, and many more.
Agriculture officials say Arkansas farmers generally produced crop amounts in 2015 close to previous levels despite a wet spring followed by a hot and dry summer, with the exception of winter wheat.
Hell or high water, producers are often forced to chase markets. However, solid data stacked over multiple years shows the peaks and troughs of a consistent crop rotation system.
“If some stabilizing policy is not implemented very soon, cotton acres are likely to continue their decline to the point that what is left of our infrastructure cannot survive."
There’s enough cotton sitting in global warehouses to make more than 127 billion T-shirts, or 17 for each person on the planet. That’s bad news for investors betting prices will rise.
The U.S. crop is forecast down 250,000 from last month, due mainly to lower production in North and South Carolina.
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to speed up crop insurance payments to farmers who lost their harvests because of last month's historic flooding.
Cotton growers are facing some difficult times. That’s when you factor in acreage and demand. But one Southern area seems to be the exception for business.
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Cotton area harvested, yield and production by type. Cottonseed production.
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