Smith: 2018 Cotton Season Could Outpace 2017’s Record

Last year was a record setter for South Carolina cotton farmers and 2018 could be even better if the markets and weather hold out and pests remain at bay. Clemson Extension economist Nathan Smith…
Smith says that bumper crop meant record harvest …

 

Higher production generally means lower prices. But Smith said this hasn’t been the case…
Smith says its still early, and a wait and see game for 2018 planting…

About 80 percent of the South Carolina cotton crop is planted the first week in May. Cotton harvest begins in late September.

South Carolina cotton growers will have several varieties to choose from this year. Representatives from Americot, Bayer CropScience, Monsanto and Dow AgroSciences spoke at the growers’ meeting about about new varieties available this year.

In addition to variety information, cotton growers also need to know about controlling pests, such as insects, weeds and diseases. To help growers reap the greatest benefits from their crops, Clemson Extension has prepared the South Carolina Cotton Growers’ Guide. The guide provides tips that can be key to profitable cotton production in South Carolina.