NCC Planting Intentions Survey Due Jan. 16

The National Cotton Council is surveying growers for their 2017 planting intentions. This is done each year to aid with industry planning and policy deliberations. Individual survey responses are anonymous and confidential. Your help and cooperation is greatly appreciated. In an effort to improve the Annual Cotton Planting Intentions Survey, the Council would like to give you the opportunity to fill out the survey online. Please respond by Monday, January 16, 2017. A summary of the survey results will be made public during the Joint Meeting of Program Committees at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11th, at the National Cotton Council’s Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX. To respond to the survey online, go and look for the survey in the “Events” section. The Council’s survey, along with other industry and USDA surveys, are extremely important to the cotton industry as these surveys allow market players and policy makers the most accurate data to make decisions.


Georgia Cotton Commission 10th Annual Meeting Jan. 25, 2017

The Georgia Cotton Commission is pleased to announce the guest speakers at the Commission’s 10th Annual Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. The annual meeting is held in conjunction with the UGA Cotton Production Workshop conducted by the UGA Research & Extension Cotton Team.

The UGA Cotton Production Workshop will feature breakout sessions where attendees will learn the latest technical production strategies from the researchers whose projects are funded by the Commission’s research program. The Georgia Cotton Commission Annual Meeting will follow the breakout sessions and feature speakers from several industry organizations.

The program speakers are Reece Langley, Vice President of Washington Operations, National Cotton Council; Tom Wedegaertner, Director of Cottonseed Research and Marketing, Cotton Incorporated; and Bruce Atherley, Executive Director, Cotton Council International.

Reece Langley assumed his role as Vice President of Washington Operations at the National Cotton Council in 2014. He is responsible for coordinating the Washington activities for the Council, which includes working with Congress and the Administration, to ensure the U.S. cotton industry’s seven segments compete effectively and profitably in the global market. Prior to joining the Council, Langley was Vice President of Government Affairs for the USA Rice Federation. He also worked as a legislative assistant to Congressman Terry Everett (R-AL) prior to working for the USA Rice Federation.

Tom Wedegaertner began his life-long work with cottonseed in 1980 as an Assistant Director, Research and Education with the National Cottonseed Products Association in Memphis, Tennessee. While in Memphis, he completed degree requirements for an MBA in Marketing at the University of Memphis. After almost a decade with NCPA, Wedegaertner began working as a cottonseed products marketing specialist for the Anderson Clayton Company in Seattle, Washington. His influence on the cottonseed industry has been enormous during the past 21 years with Cotton Incorporated working on such projects as Ultra Low Gossypol Cottonseed, flavored cottonseed oils, and cottonseed protein fortified foods.

Bruce Atherley has a long and successful track record in global marketing and management. He previously served as Vice President, Global Marketing for Kao, Inc., a Tokyo-based global manufacturer of personal care and household products. He also worked for the William Wrigley Jr. Company, serving as its Vice President of North American Confections Marketing, President and General Manager of Wrigley Canada and Managing Director, Global Branding Services. Prior to Wrigley, he served as Vice President of Retail Marketing for the H.J. Heinz Company, President and CEO of Pet Life, Inc., Marketing Director, Black and Decker and Product Manager, Cheerios for General Mills Inc. Atherley assumed his current role as Executive Director of Cotton Council International in October 2015.

Following the Annual Meeting speakers, the Commission will host lunch where sponsors will be recognized and door prizes will be given away. The meeting, production workshop, and lunch are open to not only cotton growers, but anyone interested in the cotton industry. The UGA Cotton Production Workshop breakout sessions will be repeated after lunch.

There is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is requested to help with meal plans.  Register online at or call 229.386.3416.

Below L-R: Reece Langley, Tom Wedegaertner, and Bruce Atherley.

Thank you to our meeting sponsors:

Agri-AFC ∙ Airscout/Scott T’s Ag-Flyin’ ∙ Allenberg/ProCot ∙ Americot, Inc. ∙ Ameris Bank ∙ AMVAC ∙ BASF ∙ Bayer CropScience/Stoneville ∙ Brake F16 from SePRO ∙ COFCO AGRI ∙ CNI ∙ Cotton Growers Cooperative ∙ Crop Production Services ∙ Dow AgroSciences/PhytoGen ∙ Deltapine ∙ DuPont Crop Protection ∙ Farm Credit Associations of Georgia ∙ Flint Turf & Ag ∙ ICL Specialty Fertilizers ∙ Lasseter Equipment Group ∙ Nachurs ∙ Propane Education & Research Council ∙ R.W. Griffin ∙ Staplcotn ∙ Syngenta ∙ Valent USA Corporation



Buy Cotton Clothes This Christmas

In this week’s Georgia Cotton Commission update we want everyone to remember to buy cotton clothes this Christmas. Clothes are one of the most ubiquitous gifts given each year at Christmas. But how many of you actually read the label on your clothes before you buy them? In talking with consumers, we’ve discovered here at the Commission that most people just assume that they are purchasing cotton clothes because traditionally all clothes have been cotton. Unfortunately the technology in the synthetic fibers markets has gotten very good at mimicking the softness and comfortability of cotton. Many of the athletic type clothes that are available contain little to no cotton. Even denim jeans, which traditionally are 100% cotton, now can be found with many synthetic blends in them. So again, we encourage everyone to read the label on your clothes this Christmas to ensure that you are buying a cotton product. We have a webpage dedicated to answering consumer questions on our website at or you can visit Cotton Incorporated’s website at



USDA-NASS Production Surveys Due Soon

In this week’s Georgia Cotton Commission report we want to remind growers to complete and return your crop production surveys to USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). These surveys are sent out to producers nationwide to help calculate year end production numbers and to assess the amount of grain and oilseeds stored on farms throughout the country. The data that NASS collects is published in the aggregate form, meaning that no individual farm or producer data is published. This data is used in the Crop Production Annual Summary that is set to be released January 12th. NASS data is commonly used throughout the agricultural industry to discuss things like yield and production trends as well as acreage shifts from year to year. The Georgia Cotton Commission, as well as many other commodity groups, use NASS data on a regular basis when analyzing policies and programs that affect Georgia cotton producers. Again, if you’ve been contacted by USDA-NASS regarding a crop production survey, please complete and return the survey as soon as possible.

XtendiMax Label and Enlist Duo Comments

Recently the EPA finally approved a label for XtendiMax with VaporGrip Technology for use on cotton. This has been a long time coming as the Georgia Cotton Commission and many other cotton groups have supported the deregulation of this herbicide for many years now. Basically XtendiMax with VaporGrip is a form of dicamba with less volatility than the common dicamba products such as Clarity. This new label has some requirements that growers must adhere by when applying XtendiMax on cotton.

  • Do not apply more than 2 lbs total of dicamba per year with no more than .5 lb per acre sprayed in crop in a single application.
  • Application ground speed must be less than 15 MPH with a boom height of no more than 24 inches above the canopy.
  • Wind speeds must be between 3 – 15 MPH with certain restrictions.
  • A 110’ or 220’ downwind buffer is required depending on application rate and proximity to sensitive crops.
  • Only one nozzle is currently approved for application, a TTI 110-04, and currently there are no products approved for tank mixing with XtendiMax.

To read the newly released label, our comments from earlier in the year about XtendiMax, and our recently submitted comments to the EPA about Enlist Duo, please visit the producer section of our website at