Domestic cotton yield, price outlooks shrink this season
Higher temperatures in August ironed out some worries of unusually low cotton yields in West Tennessee. But global supply and demand are keeping cotton futures below 70 cents a pound, meaning Mid-South cotton growers must carefully manage defoliation for a profitable harvest.
With excellent growing conditions and planted acreage likely leading to a record soybean harvest this year, a soil-based disease could take a bite out of yields in Illinois, particularly in the west-central part of the state.
Illinois fracking regs face scrutiny; approval delayed
Just when those who support hydraulic fracturing thought they had turned a corner and could see new wells drilled soon, a state legislative panel in Illinois said it will take an extra 45 days to review long-awaited rules governing the practice.