Shurley on Cotton: Pulling the Trigger on the 2018 Crop

🕔Mar 16, 2018When deer hunting, I am often guilty of waiting and waiting and waiting on something better—often even turning down the opportunity to take a doe, in hopes that something bigger […]

Cotton Seed Program: Sorting Out Generic Base Conversion Options

🕔Feb 21, 2018First, A Little History. You will recall that under provisions of the 2014 farm bill, landowners were given the opportunity to make a one-time election to keep existing crop bases […]

Seed Cotton Program Good for Georgia Agriculture

🕔Feb 15, 2018In the wee hours of February 9, 2018, both houses of congress passed the Bi-Partisan Budget Agreement of 2018, which the President signed later that morning.  Within this legislation, a […]

Cotton: Explaining The Basics Of New Seed Cotton Program

🕔Feb 13, 2018Effective with the 2018 crop, “seed cotton” is now a covered commodity under Title I of the 2014 farm bill and eligible for PLC (Price Loss Coverage) payments. For purposes […]

Shurley on Cotton: Prices Continue to March Upward – Some Things to Think About

🕔Jan 18, 2018New crop Dec18 futures now stand at over 75 cents. The reasons for much better prices seem fairly obvious but what has been somewhat surprising is the strength of the […]

Alabama: Wiregrass Cotton Expo, Dothan, Feb. 2

🕔Jan 17, 2018The annual Wiregrass Cotton Expo is set for Feb. 2 at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds in Dothan, Alabama. The cost-free expo will include an exhibitor show and various cotton […]

Shurley On Cotton: Looking For A Safety Net

🕔Jan 4, 2018Under the 2014 farm bill (2014-2018 crop years), cotton is not a “covered commodity” and thus not eligible for ARC and PLC.  The 2014 farm bill made several changes to […]

Shurley on Cotton: December Report Pretty Much Seals the Deal

🕔Dec 19, 2017Despite 2 hurricanes and earlier than normal cool temperatures on the Texas Plains and despite what many observers and analysts thought would eventually occur, it looks like the US cotton […]

Shurley on Cotton: Use Is Key to Price Strength and Stability

🕔Nov 20, 2017Back in May, when most of the 2017 cotton crop still remained to be planted, USDA released its first supply and demand projections for the 2017 crop marketing year. That […]

Shurley on Cotton: Changes in the Loan Program and Rate for 2017

🕔Oct 9, 2017The marketing assistance loan (MAL) is an important tool used by many producers and marketing associations in cotton pricing and risk management. In addition to research and farmer education, I […]

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