The Cotton Companion

Cotton Grower

The Cotton Companion podcast is a conversation among the editors and friends of Cotton Grower magazine about all things cotton related.

All Episodes

Dr. Ed Barnes with Cotton Inc. joins Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Frank Giles to review new research to help growers and ginners reduce plastic contamination in cotton. We talk robotics, too.

Sep 23

38 min

As cotton harvest approaches, Mike Boylan of online storm tracker Mike’s Weather Page joins Cotton Grower Editors Frank Giles and Jim Steadman to discuss the art and inexact science of weather and hurricane prediction – and what a drunk donkey has to do with it. 

Sep 9

33 min

University of Georgia economist Dr. Don Shurley joins Cotton Grower Editors Frank Giles and Jim Steadman to discuss the good and not-so-good of the U.S. crop, positive market trends, and why the time is right for growers to lock in prices. 

Aug 26

27 min

Dr. Gary Adams of the National Cotton Council joins Cotton Grower Editors Frank Giles and Jim Steadman to discuss the U.S. Cotton Trust Protocol, additional cotton assistance due to COVID-19 and what's needed to keep important crop inputs protected.

Aug 12

33 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Frank Giles welcome Beck Barnes back to the podcast as he visits with 2019 Cotton Grower Cotton Achievement Award recipient Dahlen Hancock...and recaps the long road to physically present this year's award.

Jul 29

38 min

Cotton Grower Editors Frank Giles and Jim Steadman recap a few weeks worth of news impacting U.S. cotton. And Dr. O.A. Cleveland joins in to explain the current cotton market in his own inimitable way.

Jul 15

41 min

Cotton Grower Editors Frank Giles and Jim Steadman review the rapid changes in the dicamba ruling. And Dr. Bob Kemerait joins in to discuss Georgia cotton, potential crop diseases and how new breeding traits are paying off in the fight against nematodes.

Jun 24

33 min

CropLife Senior Writer Jackie Pucci joins Cotton Grower Editors Frank Giles and Jim Steadman to review the twists, turns and current situation surrounding the June 3 dicamba label ruling. And cotton merchant Jim Nunn shares details on the CFAP program and how COVID-19 has impacted global cotton trade.

Jun 10

41 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Frank Giles review the details impacting cotton from the new Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Frank also visits with Georgia grower Ken Hall to discuss the advantages of planting cotton in late March.

May 27

31 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Frank Giles discuss the latest USDA report on the rapid progress in U.S. cotton planting. We also visit with Dr. John Robinson of Texas A&M about current market conditions and possible long-term impacts of COVID-19 on cotton.

May 13

34 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Frank Giles discuss the latest COVID-19 assistance program from USDA and try to determine if Bugs Bunny predicted the explosive impact of the virus. Dr. Calvin Trostle of Texas A&M also joins in to share tips on keeping farms and rural residents safe from infection.

Apr 21

48 min

Cotton Grower editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes examine what the CARES Act means for cotton producers. The gang also examines the USDA acreage projection of 13.7 million acres. Steve Verett of Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. drops in to discuss the on-farm fallout of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Apr 7

47 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes examine the many ways the coronavirus outbreak has impacted the cotton industry. The guys also discuss pre-plant crop protection strategies.

Mar 25

30 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss cotton market analysis they heard from Allenberg Cotton’s Joe Nicosia during the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show. Cotton analyst O.A. Cleveland drops by to discuss the bearish conditions of the current market.

Mar 11

45 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes examine the NCC’s acreage projection. Texas A&M market analyst John Robinson drops in to discuss the cotton market.

Feb 26

40 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss the slowly developing fallout from Phase 1 of the Chinese Trade Deal. BASF’s Jennifer Crumpler checks in to discuss creating demand – and price support – for cotton.

Feb 12

38 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss a bevy of trade deals – including Phase 1 of the China deal. Paul Vaculin of AMVAC drops by to discuss his company’s ag scholarship program.

Jan 29

31 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss the results of the 2020 Cotton Grower Cotton Acreage Survey. Dr. O.A. Cleveland and Jerrell Neeper check in to discuss some bullish movement in the cotton market.

Jan 15

43 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss USMCA developments as well as new variety announcements. Reece Langley, NCC Vice President of Washington Affairs, drops in to discuss the looming USMCA trade agreement, as well as Phase 1 of a potential China deal.

Dec 2019

39 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss the last of the 2019 harvest. Laura Lange from IKEA drops in to discuss her company’s involvement with U.S. cotton.

Dec 2019

30 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss the second MFP payment, as well as how to care for your harvest equipment in freezing temperatures. Market analyst Dr. O.A. Cleveland joins to talk about bullish forces in the cotton market.

Nov 2019

39 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss crop progress – or, more accurately, harvest progress. Lauren Krogman of the National Cotton Council stops by to discuss the Beltwide Cotton Conferences.

Nov 2019

31 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss harvest safety tips. Harrison Ashley of the National Cotton Council checks in to talk about the state of the U.S. ginning industry.

Oct 2019

45 min

Cotton Grower editor Beck Barnes recaps a trip to Louisiana cotton farms with fashion industry sourcing and design professionals. Senior Editor Jim Steadman visits with Texas A&M Extension economist Dr. John Robinson who offers his analysis of current market conditions.

Oct 2019

38 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss their recent travels in the Lone Star State. Steve Verett of Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. checks in to discuss crop conditions on the High Plains and beyond.

Sep 2019

36 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss the news of the day, including Hurricane Dorian’s impact on crop conditions. Tennessee cotton specialist Dr. Tyson Raper drops in to discuss cover crops and other topics.

Sep 2019

33 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes review the USDA Varieties Planted Report as well as some takeaways from the NCC Mid-Year Meeting. Economist Dr. O.A. Cleveland drops in to try and find any positive takeaways from a dismal week in the cotton commodity market.

Aug 2019

42 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes review crop progress, as well as the retirement of a longtime friend of the cotton industry, Rep. Mike Conaway. We’ll also present portions of a speech by Frederick Barrier of StaplCotn about the global playing field for U.S. Cotton.

Aug 2019

28 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes dive into the details of the Market Facilitation Payment program, which was revealed on July 25. We present portions of a speech by Frederick Barrier of StaplCotn on the global trade dispute, and how U.S. cotton can overcome it.

Jul 2019

33 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss the first bale of 2019 being delivered in South Texas. Dr. Kater Hake of Cotton Incorporated drops in to discuss finding new end-uses, including feed, for cottonseed.

Jul 2019

35 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss crop progress and a new dicamba volatility study. Roian Atwood, Director of Sustainability for Wrangler stops by to discuss his brand’s recent marketing efforts that support U.S. cotton.

Jun 2019

34 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss the recent disaster relief legislation passage, as well as a new turn in the market facilitation program. Tennessee cotton merchant Jim Nunn drops in to discuss relationship building with Chinese buyers despite the ongoing trade disputes.

Jun 2019

32 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes talk about cotton’s turn in the spotlight of the ongoing Chinese trade dispute, including audio from Beck’s national television debut. Later, the guys discuss the rollout of the second round of Market Facilitation Program payments.

May 2019

39 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes talk planting conditions from across the Cotton Belt. Dr. Don Shirley drops in to examine the bears and bulls of cotton.

May 2019

27 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes talk cotton sustainability. Dr. O.A. Cleveland drops in to examine the bears and bulls of cotton.

Apr 2019

41 min

Cotton Grower Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes talk crop protection in the wake of a mild, wet Spring. The Cotton Grower gang presents a segment of the Economic Update speech given by Joe Nicosia at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show.

Apr 2019

34 min

The Cotton Grower gang presents a segment of the Economic Update speech given by Joe Nicosia at the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show. Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss busted brackets and Cotton Belt schools in the NCAA Tourney.

Mar 2019

33 min

The Cotton Grower gang presents a segment of the Economic Update speech given by Louis Dreyfus’s Joe Nicosia from the Mid-South Farm and Gin Show. Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss the 2018 Cotton Achievement Award.

Mar 2019

37 min

Cotton market analyst Dr. Don Shurley joins the podcast to talk about the state of the industry heading into planting season. Editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss the NCC’s 14.5 million acre planting projection.

Feb 2019

46 min

Cotton market analyst Dr. John Robinson joins the podcast to talk about the trade war’s effect on cotton prices. Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman discuss the rapid adaption of auxin weed technologies.

Feb 2019

41 min

Longtime cotton economist Jarrell Neeper joins the podcast to continue his cotton market analysis. Cotton Grower editors Beck Barnes and Jim Steadman pass along six offseason production tips from Extension expert Dr. Gaylon Morgan.

Jan 2019

39 min

Longtime cotton economist Jarrell Neeper joins the podcast to discuss how the government shutdown is impacting cotton. Later, editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss Cotton Grower’s annual acreage survey and reveal how many cotton acres you can expect in the U.S. in 2019.

Jan 2019

43 min

Mississippi State University Extension economist Dr. O.A. Cleveland drops in to discuss the forces shaping cotton prices. Cotton Grower editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss China’s soybean purchase, and what it means for U.S. cotton.

Dec 2018

40 min

Texas A&M economist Dr. John Robinson checks in to discuss how growers can best proceed in a season of global trade battles. Cotton Grower editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss Farm Bill developments from Capitol Hill.

Dec 2018

39 min

Cotton Grower editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes discuss the surprising news that Congress is making headway on the Farm Bill. Also, Dr. O.A. Cleveland joins to discuss potential cotton market surprises.

Dec 2018

36 min

Cotton Grower editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes examine how weather woes are hampering U.S. production, but potentially creating a bullish market. Other news items, including dicamba re-registration, are also examined.

Nov 2018

34 min

Dr. Don Shirley joins editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes to take a look at the forces driving cotton prices, including the shape of the Georgia crop after Hurricane Michael. Other news items are also examined.

Oct 2018

47 min

The Cotton Companion returns as Dr. O.A. Cleveland joins editors Jim Steadman and Beck Barnes to take a look at the Chinese trade dispute. Other news items are also examined.

Oct 2018

42 min

The Cotton Companion examines the latest EPA dicamba development and BASF’s acquisition of Bayer’s cotton brands. Finally, we’ll provide audio from Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue as the duo discussed the farm bill and hurricane relief in Texas recently.

Oct 2017

49 min

The Cotton Companion talks about the latest developments in the ongoing dicamba saga. Jim Steadman catches up with Extension weed expert Dr. Larry Steckel to get his perspective. We also discuss how and why USDA’s production reports have seemingly ignored Harvey, Irma and High Plains hail.

Sep 2017

60 min

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