By admin       2018-09-17

Spot cotton trading was inactive. Supplies and producer offerings were light. Demand was very light. Average local spot prices were higher. Producer interest in forward contracting was light. Trading of CCC-loan equities was slow. Foreign inquiries were moderate. Interest was best from China, Turkey, and Vietnam. Isolated rain showers moved through the area and intermittently delayed fieldwork. Daytime temperature highs were in the mid-70s to mid-80s, with overnight lows were in the upper 50s to low 60s. Boll shed in areas lacking rain was reported. Some dryland fields were defoliated. Producers consulted with industry experts to determine the best time to end irrigation. Spraying for bollworms continued to protect susceptible bolls, according to industry experts. High populations of beneficial insects have helped keep aphid pressure low. Experts reported pockets of verticillium wilt and bacterial blight disease. Producers continued to keep weeds controlled under humid conditions.

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