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In This Issue
Can The Perfect Storm Continue In 2011?
Price, Price & Price
SE Leaders Hoping Momentum Continues
Young Miss. Producer Has His Own Style
Better Climate Being Forecast For Trade Issues
Early Rains Helped Agricenter’s ‘10 Crop
Arkansas To Release New Variety
Gillon Excited About Returning To Industry
Cotton's Agenda: U.S. Cotton Capitalizing
Cotton Board: Knowing When To Quit
What Customers Want: Cotton Quality Can’t Be Ignored At Retail Level
Western Producers Need Specialized Varieties
Companies Help In War On Weeds
PCG’s Cottonseed Insurance Now Offered
Deltapine Launches Two New Varieties
California Farmers Working On Water Quality
Publisher's Note: Cotton’s Mission: Exceed Expectations
Editor's Note: Industry's Enthusiasm Hard To Contain This Year
Industry Comments
Web Poll: Reaction To Ag Apps For Cell Phones
Viewpoint: Want Cotton Quality? Go To Texas
Specialists Speaking
Cotton Ginners Marketplace: Know Your Ginning Costs: The Key To Survival
Industry News
Cotton Consultants Corner: Cotton Farming Never Stops
My Turn: Cotton People Won’t Quit

Industry Comments

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Do you think cotton prices can continue to show momentum going into the 2011 production season?

Tim Jamerson
Hornersville, Mo.

I have been farming since 1976, and I’ve never seen anything like this as far as what the price is doing. The highest price I’ve ever been able to take advantage of in my career was in the mid to upper 80-cent range. We’ve always tried to increase yields through the years to make up for the high input costs. I have already booked some cotton for next year, and I am excited at the prospect of being able to take advantage of these prices.

Rickey Bearden
Plains, Texas

In retrospect, the 2010 season was good because the prices did go up, but I’d say 80 percent of the producers probably weren’t able to take advantage of that price. I know that in West Texas we will be growing cotton, and it looks like we have a chance to be in the 80-cent to one dollar range in 2011. We’re more worried about dry conditions right now, and how that affects the new crop season. We need rain.

Steve Brown
PhytoGen Cotton Seed
Tifton, Ga.

I do feel good about 2011, and if I were in a producer’s shoes right now, I would do what I could to take advantage of this price environment. I would certainly want to capture at least 90 cents or better with my cotton. And I would even look strongly at 85 cents. We, as an industry, are in pretty good shape for 2011, but I think we ought to have a longer view than that. I just think we need some kind of protection going beyond 2011. I know producers who regret that they booked 75-cent cotton last year, and now the price is over a dollar. That’s why I think producers shouldn’t wait around too long. They can’t procrastinate.

Jimmy Webb
Leary, Ga.

These are great prices, but you have to remember that 90 to 95 percent of the 2010 crop was already sold before this price surge occurred. However, there is no doubt that everybody has a great attitude going into 2011. Everyone is invigorated about cotton, but the grain prices are still high, and you have to wonder where the additional cotton acres are going to come from. I do know that we have to take advantage of these prices. We don’t need to get too greedy. A dollar looks pretty good to me, and I’d even take 80 cents.

Dave Rhylander
Memphis, Tenn.

I am excited about what is happening for cotton right now. Cotton employs a lot of people and has a serious economic impact on rural communities across the country. Frankly, I’ve never seen anything like this when you have all commodities enjoying high prices. It’s a challenge for farmers to decide what to grow. We do have to be cognizant about input costs, and that will certainly influence where farmers can make the most money.

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