March Sadness 3-20-17 Certainly my interest in The famous Basketball tournament started at only about 10% sense my team did not show up this year, but who would have predicted that 8 of 9 teams from the ACC would have been eliminated in the first weekend. The great tournament was reduced to room noise already; and now with only Carolina left…, well let’s just say my boat is going to look cleaner and shinier than it has in years now that I have so much time on my hands. #GoBoilermakers. Perhaps the real March Madness for me has been the cotton market as it has gotten to a higher level we have not seen in 3 years. Two weeks ago, we were seeing some hints from the experts at even greener pastures. Now today, I read the GURU Blogs that talk about the market and they seem a little more…, let’s just say they are talking about both sides of the coin a little more. I joke a little about it, when in fact, we are getting some good advice from these folks as they try to sort through the situations that exist in front of us. They have different advice, and that is good, because I remember some saying they came up with about what happens when everybody gets on the same side of the boat. In factuality, I have observed some really good marketing skills from the folks I get to work with and the one thing the top third of them seem to do is remain consistent in their plans, not overacting or under reacting to what happened last year or what the most current news blurb is. Enough of that.
Back to production… we are about 5 weeks from the first thoughts of planting. The high priority for cotton up to now has been lime. In another week or so, we are going to have to begin burndown with 2,4/D or Dicamba for fields that are not matched up with the appropriate variety/auxin type herbicide resulting in the need for the usual 3 or 4 week waiting period. Cotton that will not be planted until Mid-May still has a month before burndown becomes necessary. Keep in mind that the new Enlist and Extend varieties remove waiting periods prior to burndown for 2,4-D & Dicamba respectively. Some good weather for burndown is expected next week based on temperatures.
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