By admin       2018-09-17

Spot cotton trading was inactive. Supplies and producer offerings were light. Demand was light. Average local spot prices were higher. Producer interest in forward contracting was light. Trading of CCC-loan equities was inactive. Foreign inquiries were light to moderate. Interest was best from China, Turkey, and Vietnam. Torrential thunderstorms delayed harvesting activities throughout the reporting period in the Upper Coast and in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). Modules were unable to be transported out of soggy fields. Ginning continued uninterrupted. Some producers requested extensions to finish harvesting activities following the stalk destruction deadlines that have passed in the RGV. Fields in the Edwards Plateau and northern Blackland Prairies received untimely heavy rainfall, which delayed harvesting. Modules had accumulated on gin yards and ginning continued uninterrupted. Producers were concerned with the detrimental effects of rain on the cotton remaining on the stalk. Kansas cotton fields have big opened bolls on the top of the plants, and industry is encouraged. Dryland fields are expected to make around 1,000 pounds of lint per acre, according to experts. Late season rainfall helped to mature the bolls. Harvesting equipment was repaired and maintained as the industry moves toward the harvesting and ginning season. Recent rains brought up to 4 inches of precipitation, which allowed wells to be turned off for the season. Hopes are that heat units build under warm temperatures in September to help the bolls fill in. Some treatments were applied for stink bugs.

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