"Celebrate Cotton" Game Scheduled for

September 21; Special Ticket Pricing Available

Friday, August 2, 2013                   By Mary Jane Buerkle

      Have YOU made plans to attend a Texas Tech football game this season?

      Plains Cotton Growers has again teamed up with Texas Tech Athletics and 8 corporate partners supporting the cotton industry to bring you the "Celebrate Cotton" Game as the Red Raiders host Texas State on Saturday, September 21, at Jones AT&T Stadium. Game time currently is scheduled for 6 p.m.

      Those in the cotton industry can purchase tickets for this game at a special price of just $35 per ticket! Please visit http://bit.ly/CelebrateCotton and enter the Promo Code COTTON2013. Follow the prompts to ensure you have a seat at the game. You also can call (806) 742-TECH (8324) and mention the promo code COTTON2013 to receive the special discount.

      Cotton will be everywhere before and throughout the game, from displays at Raider Alley and around the stadium to promotion, special graphics and fun cotton facts during the game. Special gameday T-shirts will be distributed (first-come, first-serve!) and cotton bales will line each entrance to the stadium, each with signage talking about what the cotton in that bale can make or how it impacts our economy.

      Presenting sponsors for Celebrate Cotton include United Cotton Growers; FiberMax; Warren CAT; AgTexas Farm Credit Services; PhytoGen; City Bank; Deltapine; and All-Tex Seed.

      The day before, September 20, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will host their annual Harvest Luncheon, presented by Bayer CropScience, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Plains Cotton Cooperative Association in the delegate body room. Keynote speaker will be Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. For more information on how to obtain tickets, please contact the Chamber at (806) 761-7000.

      Additional cotton-related events happening that week include the Cotton Incorporated Breeders' Tour and the Texas Cotton Association's Flow Meeting.

      For more information, please call PCG at (806) 792-4904. Spread the word! Let's make this game a huge success for cotton!


High Plains Cotton Progressing; Rain, Open

Fall Needed for Maximum Potential

Friday, August 2, 2013                   By Mary Jane Buerkle

      The condition of the 2013 High Plains cotton crop is mixed right now, but another timely rain and optimal moisture and temperature conditions throughout the remainder of the growing season could boost production potential, especially heading into the peak time for water demand.

      Industry experts at PCG's Advisory Group meeting today reported that most of the irrigated crop on the High Plains is well into bloom. However, what dryland acreage is left generally is developing at a slower pace.

      Overall, the crop is generally 10 to 14 days late, thanks to cooler temperatures at planting time and severe weather events in late May and early June that forced some producers to replant. Therefore, it still is too early to estimate yield potential on the High Plains at this point.

      Spotty rains benefited producers in some parts of the PCG service area over the past week. The West Texas Mesonet shows that the Muleshoe station received 1.24 inches of rain and the Abernathy station received 0.77 inches. Other stations reporting totals over half an inch within the past 72 hours (as of press time) are Friona, Hereford, and the Lubbock station three miles northwest of Texas Tech.

      These rains have bought growers some time going into August, but with temperatures creeping up and water demand increasing, rainfall remains the most important part of the equation when it comes to establishing yield.

      The first USDA-NASS production estimates for the 2013 cotton crop will be released August 12. Cotton analysts at the recent Cotton Roundtable in New York City pegged the 2013 crop at 14.3 million bales nationwide, and Dr. Carl Anderson, Extension professor emeritus at Texas A&M University, predicted that Texas growers could produce anywhere from 4.5 to 5.5 million bales, with his official estimate at 4.9 million bales, just under the 2012 crop total of 5 million bales.


NRCS to Host Local Work Group Meetings

      The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Soil and Water Conservation Districts will host Local Work Group meetings in August, September, and October. The purpose of the public meetings is to receive input from farmers, ranchers, local agencies, organizations, local agricultural leaders, businesses, and other individuals with an interest in natural resource concerns.

      Area meetings coming up in the next two weeks are as follows:

      August 7 – 10 a.m., USDA Service Center Conference Room, 6565 Amarillo Blvd. West, Suite B, Amarillo

      August 13 – 8:15 a.m., USDA Service Center, 1103 Eubank, Matador

      August 13 – 10:30 a.m., Randall Co. AgriLife Extension, 200 North Brown Road, Canyon

      August 13 – 5:30 p.m., Kent County Courthouse Basement, 101 North Main, Jayton

      August 14 – 1:30 p.m., King County Court Room, 802 Baker Street, Guthrie

      August 15 – 9 a.m., Stonewall County Court House, 510 N Washington Street, Aspermont

      August 15 – 9:30 a.m., Rhoads Memorial Library, 103 SW 2nd Street, Dimmitt

      August 20 – 7:30 a.m., KNT Cafˇ, 123 Commercial Street (Highway 60), Miami

      August 20 – 8 a.m., USDA Service Center, 200 West Taylor, Morton

      August 20 – 9 a.m., Bailey County Electric Co-op Association Building, 610 East American Blvd., Muleshoe

      August 20 – 6 p.m., USDA Service Center, 814 South 2nd Street, Suite B, Canadian

      August 21 – 8 a.m., USDA Service Center, 312 Willard Avenue, Spur

      August 21 – 10:30 a.m., Swisher County Annex Building, 310 West Broadway, Tulia

      For more information, contact the local USDA-NRCS office in your county, or access the information on the Texas NRCS website at http://www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov.


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NCC Urges Congress to Complete Work

on a Comprehensive, Multi-year Farm Bill

Friday, August 2, 2013 From the National Cotton Council

      The National Cotton Council (NCC) is urging leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees to work expeditiously to resolve the differences between their respective farm bills so that Congress can take final action and the President can sign the legislation.

      "Timely enactment of new farm legislation is critically important for production agriculture and especially for the U.S. cotton industry," stated NCC Chairman Jimmy Dodson, a cotton producer from Robstown, Texas. "Building on the hard work done under the leadership of Chairman Lucas, Chairwoman Stabenow, and their respective ranking members, Representative Peterson and Senator Cochran, we strongly urge that work to resolve the differences in the two bills begin immediately. When members return in September, a formal conference committee can be convened and remaining differences can be resolved in a timely manner. Enactment of a multi-year farm bill in early fall is imperative for upland cotton's Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) to be made available by RMA for the 2014 crop of cotton and for the new legislation to serve as the basis for a final resolution of the cotton portion of the longstanding WTO Brazil case."

      Dodson added, "We are very fortunate to have outstanding leaders on both committees who, if allowed, can reach a balanced and budget responsible agreement."


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West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute

Annual Conference Set for September 10

      The annual meeting of the West Texas Agricultural Chemicals Institute has been scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Scottish Rite Temple - Learning Center, located at 1101 70th Street in Lubbock (South Loop 289 and Interstate 27).

      This year represents the 61st meeting of WTACI, an unincorporated organization of dealers, industry representatives, agricultural producers, scientists, educators, and agribusiness members who support education and research programs promoting safe and effective use of agricultural chemicals and protection and preservation of the area's natural resources.

      Topics to be discussed at the conference include pesticide application and laws and regulations, salinity remediation, an integrated pest management update, and much more. A detailed list of presentations and speakers is online at http://wtaci.tamu.edu/program.html. TDA and CCA continuing education units will be available.      

      Online pre-registration is available at http://wtaci.tamu.edu/Registration.html. Registration forms have been mailed. Online registration fees are $75 for conference attendees and $300 for a booth and must be completed or postmarked by August 31. On-site registration will begin at 7 a.m. the day of the conference and will cost $95 for attendees and $325 for booth sponsors.      Lunch will be provided as part of the registration fee.

      Opportunities also exist to contribute to the WTACI Scholarship Fund, which has provided more than $60,000 in scholarships to students majoring in agricultural fields at many Texas universities.

      Contact Jason Woodward at (806) 632-0762 or jewoodward@ag.tamu.edu for questions about the program and CEU's. If you have trouble or questions regarding registration contact David Pointer, (806) 746-4021 or dlpointer@ag.tamu.edu.