For the first time in years, cotton acres are up, but new crop cottonseed prices could remain strong. Experts weigh in on market and weather factors dairy producers should consider.
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Listen: 2013 Cottonseed Quality Excellent, but Supplies Tight With the 2013 cotton crop one million tons smaller than last year, Cotton Incorporated’s Tom Wedegaertner says dairy producers should expect tighter supplies of whole cottonseed and robust prices. Go to the Cottonseed Marketplace to request a cottonseed quote from participating merchants.
Feeding whole cottonseed proves a “successful tool” in keeping butterfat percentages from sliding below 3.0 in the warmer months, according to a Dairy Herd Network case study published Nov. 14, 2013.
Whole cottonseed is the best concentrate to extend forages
As expected, the 2013 cottonseed crop is one of the smallest in years, according to Larry Johnson, of Cottonseed LLC, La Crosse, Wis. Growers harvested 7.78 million acres of cotton in 2013 – the lowest total since 2009. Last year’s crop yielded 5.67 million tons of cottonseed, whereas the 2013 crop is projected to yield 4.357 million tons – a 25 percent decline.
Listen: Cooler weather may put the squeeze on cottonseed supplies this fall DairyLine Radio’s Lee Mielke interviews Cotton Incorporated’s Tom Wedegaertner about this year’s scarce cotton crop. Cool weather is predicted to force 40 percent cotton abandonment in the South Plains, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Wedegaertner says that reduced acreages and delayed [...]
Reduced and delayed cotton planting, coupled with forage shortages, increase demand for the feedstuff CARY, N.C. (May 20, 2013) – New crop cottonseed supplies available to dairies are expected to remain tight as U.S. farmers swap cotton acres for corn and soybeans across many parts of the Cotton Belt. U.S. cotton production will likely drop [...]
Cotton acres are expected to drop nearly 27 percent in 2013 as U.S. cotton producers respond to market signals and plant more corn and soybeans, according to the National Cotton Council’s annual planting intentions survey. For dairy producers, this means potentially tighter supplies of new crop cottonseed. Total U.S. cottonseed production in 2013 is forecast [...]
Favorable Weather Conditions across Cotton Belt Foster High Quality Feed Total U.S. cottonseed production in 2012 is forecast to reach 5.913 million tons, up from 5.37 million tons in 2011, a 10.1 percent increase, according to the November Crop Production Report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. In Texas, home to [...]
Buy ahead to capitalize on the triple-nutrient supplier’s competitive value The Corn Belt’s widespread and severe drought sent corn and soybean prices soaring this growing season. With grain and oilseed prices rising disproportionately to milk and whole cottonseed prices, experts recommend dairy producers capitalize on the current competitive value of cottonseed to boost milk and [...]
Most feed commodities have increased dramatically in price, while the price of cottonseed has remained a good value. Right now there is a short term buying opportunity, but it’s not expected to last long. Get the details here.