Jeannie Hileman, Carnegie Cooperative Gin manager, Carnegie, Oklahoma, expects cotton acreage in her area to be up in 2016 as farmers take advantage of good soil moisture to plant dryland cotton.
The co-op is coming off a pretty good year. “We ginned 37,000 bales last year,” Hileman said at the recent Carnegie Cooperative annual cotton conference. “We were close to our record of 42,000, set in 2014.
“Dryland cotton looks like a good option with adequate moisture. I’m always reluctant to recommend planting dryland cotton during a drought, but conditions look good now.”
She says farmers with irrigation also might plant more cotton. “Cotton looks better under irrigation than most other crops,” she says.
The cooperative hosted a good number of farmers and industry stakeholders at the recent conference, which featured market updates as well as production tips for 2016.
Here are a few images from the meeting.