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A Volatile Market
Good Yields Expected In Southeast
USDA Assisting In Hurricane Relief
Calif. Voters Defeat Food Label Initiative
What Customers Want
Farmers Affected By 'Fiscal Cliff'
Japanese Retailers Like U.S. Cotton
Congress Urged To Move Fast On Crucial Issues
Researchers' Objective: Control Lygus Problem
Ginning Marketplace
Need An App For Insecticide Spray?
UC-Davis Scientist Awarded Special Grant
Editor's Note
Industry Comments
Cotton Consultants Corner
Web Poll
Cotton's Agenda
Industry News
Specialists Speaking
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H.J. Baker To Launch
Tiger Boron Product

Leading agricultural firm H.J. Baker and its Tiger-Sul Products subsidiaries have launched Tiger Boron 2 percent – a first-ever product that combines sulfur and boron in an application friendly homogeneous pastille. This allows for greater spatial distribution, which can provide increased absorption of boron by root hairs.

Sulphur is widely known as integral for protein synthesis. Chlorophyll transport and nitrogen utilization consistently create greater crop yields. Boron is essential for nitrogen fixation as it regulates oxygen in legume nodules and also plays a structural role in cell wall development.

It is vital for reproductive growth in all crops, including pollen tube growth and pollen germination.

For additional information on H.J. Baker & Bros., Inc., visit its Web site at

Deere Now Offering
New Improved Rotary Cutters

To provide customers with more finely chopped vegetation and easier maintenance, John Deere has introduced the HX6 and HX7 Rotary Cutters. These machines offer new features such as a deeper cutting chamber and double-deck design that improve overall performance.

These two rotary cutters replace the JD609 and JD709 machines and deliver heavy-duty mowing performance whether it is for after-harvest crop leveling or roadside grooming.

John Deere’s improved rotary cutters have a variable cutting height of two to nine inches and come in two cutting widths: six feet and seven feet. The gearbox is rated at 150 continuous and 210 peak horsepower, and the blade pan inclusion offers more protection to the gearbox.

For more information, go online at

Nonwoven Products Gain
USDA Certification

Cotton nonwovens were recently certified by USDA’s BioPreferred Program as being a “bio-based” product. The BioPreferred Program is a USDA initiative that seeks to increase the purchase and use of bio-based products made from renewable plant or animal materials.

“Cotton is much more than a sustainable, renewable fiber, and we’re delighted nonwovens containing cotton have been officially recognized as a bio-based product by USDA’s BioPreferred Program,” says Jan O’Regan, Director, Strategic Initiatives for Cotton Incorporated.

Defined by the 2002 Farm Bill, bio-based products are commercial or industrial products, which are composed in whole or part of biological products, renewable agricultural or forestry materials.

Cotton is poised to capture a larger share of the fiber market in nonwovens thanks to the T. J. Beall Co., based in Greenwood, Miss., that produces a premium natural cotton fiber directed toward the important nonwovens industry called UltraClean. For more details, go to

John Deere Helps Monitor Soil Moisture

With water management becoming an increasingly important factor in crop production, John Deere has introduced John Deere Field Connect to provide site specific water management data to facilitate the decision making process surrounding irrigation practices. With site specific information, producers are able to more efficiently utilize irrigation inputs, resulting in fuel savings and additional yield potential.

The Field Connect system continuously logs soil moisture data from probes installed in customer fields and transmits the data to a Web site that customers can access remotely.

To learn more about John Deere Field Connect, see your local John Deere dealer or visit

Valent BioSciences Hires New Vice President

Valent BioSciences Corporation (VBC) has announced that Salman Mir has joined the company as vice president of global marketing and business management. In his new role, Mir will assume leadership of the company’s global marketing and business management activities in the areas of agriculture, public health and forestry.

Prior to this role at VBC, Mir held a number of key positions with major global crop protection companies. Mir started his career in South Asia and then moved to Southeast Asia before relocating to the United States. He served in a variety of leadership roles throughout his career, including sales, marketing, operations and business development.

For additional information, visit the company’s Web site at

Oliver North To Speak At World Ag Expo

Oliver L. North, a combat-decorated Marine, New York Times best-selling author, small business founder, columnist and host of “War Stories” on the Fox News Channel, will be the keynote speaker at the Ag Warriors Benefit on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif. Tickets are available at (559) 688-1030 or at

North, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., served 22 years as a United States Marine. His awards for service in combat include the silver star, the bronze star for valor and two purple hearts for wounds in combat.

The Benefit will support the International Agri-Center’s Ag Warriors program. The program responds to the need to assist veterans in finding long-term employment. Through Ag Warriors, veterans can access resources to connect with employers, schools and other programs with the goal of securing careers in the agriculture industry.

An estimated annual average of 100,000 individuals from 70 countries attend the World Ag Expo each year. The Expo is the largest annual agricultural show of its kind with 1,400 exhibitors displaying cutting-edge agricultural technology and equipment on 2.6 million square feet of show grounds.

BASF Survey Reflects Consumer Support Of Ag

A majority of consumers and producers agree that modern agriculture can achieve two critical goals simultaneously: Feed the world’s growing population while demonstrating responsible stewardship.

More than 80 percent of the producers and nearly 70 percent of the consumers who participated in a recent BASF survey were confident that farmers will be able to strike a balance between producing enough food for the planet and preserving it for future generations. “Technology and knowledge advancements” were cited by both groups as the primary reasons for their confidence.

According to the producers surveyed, these vital capabilities are growing. When asked if stewardship efforts in agriculture have improved over the last few years, 85 percent of the producers surveyed agreed. That’s nearly a 10-percent increase in positive responses from a BASF survey conducted two years ago.

The survey regarding the confidence in agriculture was conducted among 400 consumers and 360 producers in 2012. For more information on BASF Crop Protection products, visit

Arysta Launches Web Site For Vietnam

With a growing presence in Southeast Asia, Arysta LifeScience has announced the launch of a Web site dedicated to its efforts in Vietnam, This follows the recent introduction of Kasaitm-S 92SC, a broad-spectrum fungicide for control of rice blast and leaf diseases, and the startup of the company’s new suspension concentrate formulation plant in Song Than II Industrial Zone, Binh Duong province, which came online in May.

Established in 2000, Arysta LifeScience Vietnam has grown to become one of the top 10 distributors in Vietnam. Arysta LifeScience Vietnam has about 160 employees. For additional details, interested parties should go to

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