Timely Rains Add ToOptimism; High Plains Crop Stays On Course

LUBBOCK, July 30, 2004                             By Shawn Wade

      Whenyou rely on Mother Nature, the best you can hope for is a timely rain to fallon a crop ready to take the nourishment it provides and run with it.

      Hereon the High Plains of Texas the cotton is there and it appears Mother Naturehas provided the timely moisture infusion the area needed to keep the 2004 cropmoving ahead. All that remains to be seen is how far the crop will run and howbig the prize will be at the finish line.

      Despitethe optimism that blankets the area, producers know that the months of Augustand September will be critical to achieving the potential their crop currentlyholds.

      Rainfalltotals for the last week of July have ranged from one-half inch to greater than6 inches in some locations. Average rainfall across the area has been a welcomeone-two inches in most areas.

      Withthe rainfall has come several days of below normal heat unit accumulations anda likely slowing down of crop development. The cool temperatures and lack ofsolar radiation are the main culprits, but a return to the sunny, warmconditions forecast for the weekend should get things back on track.

      Priorto the last week's cloudy weather the area had been maintaining a phenomenalpace in terms of fruit retention and boll set. In fact, now that timelymoisture has been received, the major limiting factors may be whether or notproducers have been able to provide adequate fertilization to sustain the boll loadand how quickly plants get back to speed.

      Itis expected that the cool temperatures and lack of sunlight will initiate someshedding of fruiting forms and create somewhat of a "hole" in themiddle of the plant. Generally speaking however, the moisture should prove agreater plus for yield potential that the hiccup in the blooming period itsarrival created.

      Todate the area is running about even to slightly ahead of its normal pace forheat unit accumulations. Long-term weather data indicate that from May 1 toJuly 31, Lubbock should expect an average accumulation of about 1367 heatunits. Since May 1 Lubbock has received a total of 1443 heat units through July28.


Long-term Average(30-year) and Season to Date

Heat UnitAccumulations



Long-term Ave.

May1-July 28

Season to Date

May 1-July 28










Source: Texas Cooperative Extension

High Plains Ag Expo OffersEducation & Opportunities for Farms and Ranchers

LUBBOCK, July 30, 2004                             By Shawn Wade

      Farmers,ranchers and agriculture industry representatives should mark August 24-26 ontheir calendar and make plans to attend the 2004 High Plains Ag Expo in Dumas,Texas.

      Thethree-day event, sponsored by Premier Events, LLC of Burnsville, Minnesota,will provide an opportunity to view 250 exhibits and demonstrations involvingthe latest products and technologies available to agricultural producers.

      TheHigh Plains Ag Expo is hosted by Moore Farms of Dumas, Texas. The show site islocated one mile east of Highway 287-87 on 14th Street. Located onUS Highway 287-87, Dumas is forty-five miles north of Amarillo, Texas.

      Showhours are 9:00 am to 7:00 pm August 24, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm August 25, and 9:00am to 4:00 pm August 26.

      Continuingeducation opportunities will also be available to attendees during the show.CEU and CCA credits for Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and New Mexico will beavailable to growers and crop consultants each day of the show.

      Commodityspecific programs help set a theme for each day and include a Cotton Conference(August 24), a Corn Conference (August 25) and a Beef Conference (August 26).

      The meetings willbe held in the Conference Tent located on the High Plains Ag Expo exhibitfield. Texas Cooperative Extension and commodity groups will be coordinatingthe conferences.

      The 2004 Expomarks the first year for cotton to be included as a major part of the show.This year the Expo will begin with the Cotton Conference, which is designed tohelp orient producers new to cotton about the structure of the cotton industryand provide them with timely production tips from Texas Cooperative Extensionand USDA experts.

      A total of 3 CEUswill be available to those that attend the Cotton Conference. Space is limitedand producers are encouraged to call the Show office and pre-register theirattendance.

      Hosting theCotton Conference are Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. and Texas CooperativeExtension. Monsanto Corp. and AFD Seed will sponsor lunch for those attendingthe Cotton Conference.

      Demonstrationswill also be a prominent part of the High Plains Ag Expo. Scheduleddemonstrations will offer a variety of hands-on experiences designed to meetall farmers' interests. Variety demonstration test plots that will be open tovisitors at the show include: Corn, Sorghum, Cotton, Sunflower, andexperimental seed plots planted by Texas Cooperative Extension.


      More informationabout the High Plains Ag Expo is available on the Internet at www.highplainsagexpo.com or by calling the showoffice at 806-935-2002.



Schedule of Events


Tuesday, August 24


7:45 AM– 9:00 AM -

FREE Chuck Wagon Breakfast

9:00 AM– 7:00 PM -

Show Hours

9:00 AM– 5:00 PM -

Cotton Growers Workshop

10:00 AM- 2:30 PM -

Scheduled Demonstrations

4:00 PM– 7:00 PM -

Live entertainment by

Country Classic

Wednesday, August 25


8:00 AM– 1:00 PM -

Corn Conference

9:00 AM– 5:00 PM -

Show Hours

10:00 AM– 2:30 PM -

Scheduled Demonstrations

Thursday, August 26


7:30 AM – 2:00 PM -

Beef Conference

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM -

Show Hours

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM -

Scheduled Demonstrations



August 24 – DetailedSchedule

Cotton Conference


8:00 - 9:00 AM -

Commodity Breakfast


Cotton Conference


9:15 - 10:00 AM


Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. -

Steve Verett,

Exec. Vice President



National Cotton Council -

Craig Brown,

VP - Producer Affairs





10:30 AM- Noon


Cotton Board -

Leah Reed, Field Staff


Cotton Incorporated -

Mark Messura,

VP - Strategic Planning


BW Eradication Update -

Roger Haldenby,

PCG VP – Operations


Lunch - Noon - 1:00 PM

Sponsored by Monsanto Corp. & AFD Seed



Cotton Growers Workshop


1:00 - 5:00 PM


Cotton Variety Selection and Early Season Management


Dr. Randy Boman,

Cotton Specialist

Insect Management

Dr. James Leser,

Extension Entomologist


Weed Management

Dr. Wayne Keeling,

Weed Specialist



Irrigation Management in Cotton

Dr. Leon New,

Irrigation Specialist


Cotton Harvest Management and Ginning

Dr. Alan Brashears,



Cotton Marketing

Dr. Jackie Smith,


Field Tours