The Cotton Companion
Episode 61 – Closing Out 2019 Harvest

Episode 61 – Closing Out 2019 Harvest

December 4, 2019

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.

Episode 60 – MFP and A Rare Sighting of Market Bulls

Episode 60 – MFP and A Rare Sighting of Market Bulls

November 20, 2019

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.

Episode 59 – Harvest Season Heads for the Home Stretch

Episode 59 – Harvest Season Heads for the Home Stretch

November 6, 2019

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.

Episode 58 – Harvest Helpin’

Episode 58 – Harvest Helpin’

October 23, 2019

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.

Episode 57 – The Louisiana Fashion Episode

Episode 57 – The Louisiana Fashion Episode

October 9, 2019

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.

Episode 56 – Texas Two Step

Episode 56 – Texas Two Step

September 25, 2019

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.

Episode 55 – Dorian, Defoliation and Cover Crop Timing

Episode 55 – Dorian, Defoliation and Cover Crop Timing

September 11, 2019

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.

Episode 54 – Putting Lipstick on the Cotton Price Pig

Episode 54 – Putting Lipstick on the Cotton Price Pig

August 28, 2019

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.

Episode 53 – U.S. Cotton’s Global Competition

Episode 53 – U.S. Cotton’s Global Competition

August 14, 2019

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.

Episode 52 – Market Facilitation Payments!

Episode 52 – Market Facilitation Payments!

July 31, 2019

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.