Let's Talk Supply Chains - Focus on Cotton - Cotton & Coffee - Staff Spotli
Let's Talk Supply Chains - Focus on Cotton - Cotton & Coffee - Staff Spotli
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Let's Talk About Cotton's Supply Chain

Last year, Cotton Incorporated's Global Supply Chain Marketing team had more than 600 meetings with brands and retailers in all corners of the globe - offering innovative ways to get cotton into the apparel and home goods they make - and drive more demand. And you thought your calendar was full. You grow the cotton. The Cotton Research and Promotion Program helps grow the value.

New Focus on Cotton Webinars Available

  • University of Arkansas Cotton Extension agronomist Bill Robertson knows that cover crops can be confusing. One of the questions many growers, consultants, and county agents ask is when to terminate a cover crop. Adding to the confusion, this question may garner different answers: Entomologists recommend termination 4 weeks before planting, weed scientists recommend termination 10–14 days before planting, and agronomists recommend termination at or just before planting. In the freely available webcast “Cover Crop Termination Timing and Techniques,” Robertson outlines the factors that cotton growers should consider in deciding when to terminate. 

  • The 2021 Great Plains Cotton Conference was held virtually on February 23 and 24. Hosted jointly by Cotton Incorporated, Oklahoma State University, and Kansas State University, the conference offered presentations by nationally recognized speakers on a range of current topics. Thirteen of these presentations can be seen online as part of the “Focus on Cotton” series.

  • Because the cost of seed is a significant portion of the total cost of producing cotton, many growers are concerned with seed quality. Guy Collins, a cotton Extension professor at North Carolina State University explores this topic in the freely available webcast “Cotton Seed Quality: What Could and Should Growers Know?”

  • When making decisions on cover crop management and termination timing, growers should consider the many benefits and potential tradeoffs. Matt Fryer, a soils instructor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, recommends that growers use cover crops as a tool to reach a goal or solve a problem—not as a silver bullet. In the freely available webcast “Cover Crop Termination in Cotton,” Fryer begins by explaining that although the benefits of soil health are easy to observe, soil health is difficult to define, study, and quantify. 

  • Tom Barber, a professor and Extension weed specialist with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers strategies for maximizing herbicide performance in the freely available webcast “Optimizing Herbicide Performance: Are You Getting the Best Bang for Your Buck?”

  • In the webcast “Rate and Timing of N-P-K Applications on Cotton in the Southeast,” University of Georgia professor and Extension agronomist Glen Harris discusses the recommended rates for applying nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium fertilization within the context of soil testing and yield goals. He also discusses the timing for applying each nutrient, considering the efficacy of preplant, sidedress, and foliar applications.

  • Acres of cotton planted across the Southern and Central Plains have increased significantly, primarily in areas that cotton traditionally has not been grown. With this expansion, cotton growers are facing challenges managing soil nutrients and pH. In the webcast “NPK and pH in the SW Cotton Belt,” Brian Arnall, a precision nutrient management Extension specialist for Oklahoma State University, reports findings from ongoing research in cotton fertility.

Save the Date for June's Cotton & Coffee Session
Join us on June 15th for Cotton & Coffee. Cotton Incorporated's Mike Shen and Mary Ankeny will discuss how the Product Development and Implementation team utilizes research, fabric development, and design to keep cotton relevant in all facets of the textile industry. The session is open to all U.S. cotton producers, importers, and industry partners. Pre-registration is required to attend, so please contact cshort@cottonboard.org if you'd like the registration link.

Cotton Board Staff Spotlight Series

Every other Friday, The Cotton Board features a different employee in our 10 Question Staff Spotlight blog series. This series was born with the belief that your life experiences make you the unique person you are today and influence what you bring to the amazing culture of The Cotton Board. In May, we featured our Director of Communications, Stacey Gorman, as well as our Director of Information Technology, Lexie Jones. Click the images to read their spotlight blog posts. 

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