2005-2006 NCC Leadership Class Applications
Accepted Through July 1

Friday, June 3, 2005                                  By Shawn Wade

      The National Cotton Councilis accepting applications for the 2005-06 Cotton Leadership Class through July1.

      Those interested in applyingcan visit the Cotton Leadership ProgramÕs web site at http://leadership.cotton.orgto review theprogram curriculum, eligibility requirements and download the application. Thesite also includes a contact form, which allows users to submit questions,request information and schedule a personal visit with local program alumni.

      The 2005-06 class, which willbe comprised of four producers and one participant from each of the other sixindustry segments, will be announced in August by the NCCÕs Cotton Leadership DevelopmentCommittee.

      The NCCÕs Cotton LeadershipProgram seeks to identify potential industry leaders and provide themdevelopmental training. During five sessions of activity across the CottonBelt, class participants visit with industry leaders and observe production,processing and research. They also meet with lawmakers and government agencyrepresentatives during a visit to Washington, DC, and attend the NCCÕs annualmeeting and its mid-year board of directors meeting.

      The program, initiated in1983, is supported by a grant to The Cotton Foundation from DuPont CropProtection and is managed by NCCÕs Member Services department. For moreinformation, applicants may contact NCCÕs Member Services at 901-274-9030 ortheir local NCC Member Services representative.


June Ag Survey Provides Mid-Year
Snapshot of TexasAgriculture In 2005

      How many acres will beplanted to corn, cotton and sorghum? What will spring planting conditions meanfor American agriculture? In an effort to answer these questions with reliable,objective information, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)will be surveying farmers and ranchers for the June Agricultural Survey.

      "Agricultural surveysprovide an important picture of Texas agriculture," Agriculture CommissionerSusan Combs said. "By going to the experts-Texas farmers and ranchers-theTexas Agricultural Statistics service is able to compile accurate, reliableinformation about our state's second-largest industry for 2005. Thisinformation is needed by state and federal policymakers to develop initiativesand programs to benefit agriculture and help our hardworking producers."

      The Texas AgriculturalStatistics Service will be conducting the survey and a representative willcontact local producers between May 27 and June13. This survey is particularlyvital because it will provide the first clear indications of the potentialproduction of major commodities in 2005.

      The information gathered iswidely used. Producers rely on the data to reach valid production, marketing,and investment decisions. Industry analysts, extension agents, and farmorganizations use the information in a variety of ways that benefit farmers.

      "We safeguard theconfidentiality of all survey responses," Texas State Director Robin Roarksays. "Information from individual operations is combined with otherresponses to provide the needed data." NASS works with farmers andranchers to provide meaningful, accurate, and objective statistics that helpkeep U.S. agriculture informed.

      All agricultural statisticspublished by NASS are available at www.usda.gov/nass/. For more information, call the TexasAgricultural Statistics Service at 1-800-626-3142.


High Plains Groundwater District Releases Annual Depth toWater Measurements

Friday, June 3, 2005                                  By Shawn Wade

      The plentiful rainfall thatblessed the High Plains region with a bountiful 2004-cotton crop left asecondary and just as significant boost deep underground according to the HighPlains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 in Lubbock.

      Based on depth to watermeasurements conducted in early 2005 at more 1,207 observation wells located inthe districtÕs 6.8 million acres service area, 2004 reversed a three-year trendas water levels in the Ogallala Aquifer that underlies the region showed a netrise of 0.74 feet.

      The change is attributed toreduced pumpage from the aquifer during the 2004 production season and HPUWCDofficials caution that the reported water level rises during 2004, as indicatedby the 2005 measurements, should not be interpreted as extensive recharge tothe aquifer in most cases. They note the changes are more likely a result ofgreater leveling and refilling of dewatered zones within the aquifer in thevicinity of previously pumped wells.

      The exceptions to this theorymay be the area of southern Lynn County and various locations of LubbockCounty, as well as other possible locations in the water district where theshallow depths to the water table may allow rapid infiltration of water to theaquifer.

      Lynn County had the largestaverage annual change in water levels with an increase of 3.46 feet. BaileyCounty and the portions of Crosby and Floyd Counties within the districtrecorded average water level increases of more than one foot.

      Cochran, Hale, Lubbock, andParmer Counties, plus the portions of Armstrong, Deaf Smith, Hockley, Potter,and Randall Counties within the district recorded average water level increasesof less than one foot. The portions of Castro and Lamb Counties within thedistrict recorded average water level declines of less than one foot.

      Depth-to-water levelmeasurements are normally made during January to March each year to allowstabilization of water levels in the aquifer following pumpage during theprevious year of ground water production.

      The current issue of the HighPlains Water DistrictÕs newsletter, The Cross Section, features the results ofthe annual 2005 depth-to-water level measurements. It contains individualcounty maps, which provide the approximate location of each well in thedistrictÕs observation well network. Each map is accompanied by available 1995,2000, 2004, and 2005 depth-to-water level measurements for individual wells inthat county. Also listed are available total changes in water levels for eachobservation well for the periods 1995 to 2005, 2000 to 2005, and 2004 to 2005.

      Additional information aboutthe annual depth-to-water level measurement program is available by contactingthe High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 at (806) 762-0181or by visiting the water districtÕs web site at: www.hpwd.com


Average Changes InDepth To Water In Feet

For Observation Wells—2005



Number Of

Observation Wells Maintained

Average Annual Change

1995 to 2005

Average Annual Change

2000 to 2005

Average Annual Change

2004 to 2005



+ 0.24

+ 0.42

+ 0.72



- 0.73

- 0.54

+ 1.19



- 2.19

- 1.77

- 0.62



- 0.82

- 0.67

+ 0.30



- 0.59

+ 0.04

+ 1.37

Deaf Smith


- 0.63

- 0.36

+ 0.40



- 0.88

- 0.39

+ 1.03



- 1.78

- 1.43

+ 0.76



- 0.58

- 0.46

+ 0.48



- 1.50

- 1.36

- 0.22



- 0.63

- 0.35

+ 0.79



- 0.55

- 0.16

+ 3.46



- 1.92

- 1.53




- 0.10

+ 0.47

+ 0.64



- 0.12

+ 0.09

+ 0.28



- 0.99

- 0.70

+ 0.74

Source: High Plains UndergroundWater District No. 1, Lubbock, TX