Friday,May 16, 2003 ByShawn Wade
Itstill premature to say how the 2003 High Plains cotton crop will fair since alarge part of the area has yet to be planted.
Whatis becoming clearer everyday, however, is that in order for producers to takeadvantage of a relatively decent subsoil moisture situation Mother Nature isgoing to have to come through with a decent starter.
Withlittle to no rainfall activity occurring over the May 14-16 time frame it isback to a wait and see approach for High Plains producers.
Weatherforecasts for May 14-16 indicated the best chance in quite some time for rainto fall over an extended area of the High Plains. With nothing of consequencematerializing producers will continue to wait for something good to happen.
Timeis still on the growers side, but another week or two without significantrainfall and the situation will take on a considerably darker complexion.
Acurrent estimate of planted acres indicates that probably not more than 700,000acres, of an expected 3.5 million plus acres to be devoted to cotton, have yetbeen planted. Dryland acres as a whole remain basically unplanted, while themajority of the progress to date has been on irrigated acreage.
Oneinteresting situation impacting some producers who have installed dripirrigation systems is an inability to get enough moisture to the top of theplanting bed. Dry weather and the force of gravity are causing considerableconsternation for those growers who did not retain any alternative irrigationoptions when making the conversion to drip irrigation systems.
Friday,May 16, 2003 ByShawn Wade
Natural Resource ConservationService Agency officials have announced County and Statewide Resource Concern(SRC) funding allocation levels for the 2003 Environmental Quality IncentivesProgram (EQIP).
A total of $38.448 Million wasallocated for financial assistance under the EQIP program, plus an additional$6 Million specifically for producers utilizing the Ogallala Aquifer. This anoverall total of some $44.5 Million in EQIP funding coming to Texas in 2003.
Under the allocation table releasedthis week NRCS will provide a County base EQIP allocation of $72,000. For the254 Texas counties this totals some $18.28 Million.
On top of that figure producers invarious areas of the State will be able to tap into additional funding setaside to address Statewide Resource Concerns (SRC’s).
Some $16.9 Million has been setaside for SRC’s that include water quality, Animal Feeding Operations/ConfinedAnimal Feeding Operations (AFO/CAFO), wildlife, invasive species, and brushcontrol.
Additionally, EQIP funds have beenset-aside to address special project areas in several locations around thestate totaling $1.35 Million and for Limited Resource/Beginning Farmer grantstotaling $1.85 Million.
Provisions of the 2002 farm Billalso designated $6 Million in EQIP funds for producers tapping into theOgallala Aquifer.
CORRECTION:Last week’s “Cotton News” inadvertently confused some terminology regardingUSDA Conservation funding amounts announced last week.
The $1.9 Billion reported last weekwas inadvertently identified as EQIP funding only.
Actually, the $1.9 Billion figureis the total USDA Conservation program funds (including EQIP, WRP, and several other program)that are available nationwide for 2003.
Also, Texas is slated to receiveslightly more than $130 Million in total Conservation
Abreakdown of 2003 Conservation
Alabama $18,354,076 $10,701,700
Arizona $13,239,397 $11,887,400
Arkansas $21,381,976 $31,138,800
California $37,308,389 $60,965,800
Georgia $25,140,444 $16,793,000
Louisiana $19,043,763 $33,240,600
Mississippi $31,285,078 $28,169,000
Missouri $33,905,156 $27,558,400
New Mexico $16,249,584 $17,013,700
North Carolina $19,232,458 $18,787,400
Oklahoma $28,651,827 $21,519,900
South Carolina $13,658,925 $14,537,700
Texas $69,201,376 $61,774,700
Virginia $16,210,595 $9,333,100