Busy August Schedule KeepsPCG
Officers and Staff On The Road

Friday,August 5, 2005                             By Shawn Wade

      Withonly a handful of days gone by, the month of August is turning out to be a busyone for the staff and officers of Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

      ThismonthÕs activities include scheduled meetings with Congressman RandyNeugebauer, the Texas Farm Service Agency and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

      Topicsof discussion with Congressman Neugebauer will include the ongoing FY06 Budgetreconciliation process, potential impact of the DR-CAFTA trade bill and therecently passed Energy Bill.

      TexasFSA Executive Director John Fuston will meet with PCG and representatives fromother Texas commodity groups at the PCG office on August 19 to discuss a numberissues facing the agency in Texas in the future.

      OnAugust 23, the PCG Executive Committee will be meeting with the USDA RiskManagement Agency to discuss a recently completed study of cotton skip-rowprovisions.

      ThePCG/RMA meeting will provide PCG an opportunity to gain a better understandingof what the RMA study found in regard to current skip-row provisions and helpcreate a foundation upon which PCG can work with the agency as it determineswhat, if any, changes may be warranted in the future.

      Alsoon PCGÕs August calendar are this weekÕs American Cotton Producers meeting inNew Orleans, LA, a joint Cotton Incorporated/Cotton Board meeting in Dallas,the National Cotton CouncilÕs Mid-year Board of Directors meeting in San Diego,CA, and a Texas Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation Trapping Committee meeting.

      Inaddition to the meetings, PCG will also be hosting a group of Agricultural LegislativeAssistants from Washington, DC, who are participating in the Summer CottonIndustry Congressional Orientation programÕs western tour. The National CottonCouncil coordinates the program with support from Monsanto Corporation throughitsÕ grant to the Cotton Foundation. NCC Congressional orientation tours areconducted each year to educate key Congressional staff about the U.S. cottonindustry.

 

FSASign-up Deadlines Announced

Friday,August 5, 2005                             By Shawn Wade

      Severalimportant farm program deadlines are approaching and the Texas Farm ServiceAgency wants all growers to be sure that they do not miss out on anyopportunities.

      Themost time-sensitive deadline on the horizon is August 15, which is the last dayto return nomination forms for this yearÕs Farm Service Agency County Committeeelections.

      FSACounty Committee elections will be conducted between November 4, when ballotswill be mailed to eligible voters, and December 5, the last day to return votedand signed ballots to the local FSA office. Newly elected County Committeemembers and alternates will take office January 1, 2006.

      Producersshould be aware that the final day to sign-up for the 2003-2004 Crop DisasterProgram (CDP) has been set for September 9, 2005. The CDP sign-up window openedon March 14, 2005. Growers who think they may qualify for benefits througheither the production or quality loss provisions of the CDP program areencouraged to contact their local FSA office before the September 9 deadline.

      Alsoin September, anyone who has not completed their application for the 2005Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) have until September 30 to get theirapplications in to the local FSA office. A late fee of $100 will be charged forall late filed DCP applications.

      Thelast deadline that FSA wants to remind growers about is September 2, 2005 andinvolves the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Growers with CRP contractsthat expire on September 30, 2005 may be eligible for a one-year extension ofthat contract. To inquire about these extensions growers should contact theircounty Farm Service Agency Service Center before September 2, which will be thelast day to request an extension.

 

HighPlains Crop Looking Good;
August/September Tour and Field Day Dates

Friday,August 5, 2005                             By Shawn Wade

      Withcotton crops blooming and looking good, irrigation and field activities are infull swing on the Texas High Plains.

      Beneficialrain showers August 4 brought anywhere from a few tenths to more than 1.5inches of much needed moisture to a broad area of the High Plains includingparts of Crosby, Dickens, Lubbock, Lynn, Dawson, Gaines and Yoakum counties.

      Thisarea, is in large part the region that missed out on the last round of rainshowers that visited the region the last week of July.

      Withthe weekend forecast showing continued rain chances for much of the area, cropprospects continue to be favorable and keeps the region on track to producewhat could well be the second largest crop ever, assuming it does not meet lastyearÕs production total.

      NextweekÕs USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) August CropProduction Report, scheduled to be released August 12, will confirm what manyobservers think they are seeing in High Plains fields so far. The NASS reportwill be the first 2005 production estimate based on a coordinated sampling andestimation process.

      Eventhough producers are busy with the daily routine of cultivating, spraying andwatering, the August 12 NASS estimate will spur many growers to think ahead tothe end of the season and what they need to be aware of as they prepare forharvest.

      Tosatisfy their curiosity and provide a timely bit of advice regarding lateseason crop management and termination, the Texas Cooperative Extension (TCE)service has begun scheduling a series of production workshops, crop conferencesand crop tours in counties across the High Plains region.

      In addition to the TCE events, two of the regionÕs seed companies have alreadyset the dates for their 2005 Field Day events. It will be through these eventsthat they will introduce producers to what could be a bumper crop of new cottonvarieties for the 2006 growing season. The big draw for producers this year atvirtually every seed company event will be the opportunity to take a close lookat some of the new RoundupReady Flex cotton varieties.

 

August/September2005

High PlainsMeeting Schedule

 

August 12

 

Regional Alfalfa Workshop, Muleshoe, 9:00 a.m. Contact Curtis Preston, CEA-AG, at 272-4584.

August 15

Cochran County Small Grains Workshop. Contact Jeff Wyatt, CEA-AG, at 266-5215.

August 23

Scurry/Borden County Small Grains Workshop. Contact Greg Gruben, CEA-AG, at 325-573-5423 or Dennis Poole, CEA-AG, at 756-4336.

August 24

Crop Conference, Tulia. Contact Michael Clawson, CEA-AG, at 995-3721.

August 31

Gaines County Ag Tour. Contact Terry Millican, CEA-AG, at 432-758-4006.

Sept. 9

Swisher County Forage Meeting. Contact Michael Clawson, CEA-AG, at 995-3721.

Sept. 13

Yoakum County Crop Tour. Contact Arlan Gentry, CEA-AG, at 456-2263.

Sept. 14

Lubbock County Crop Tour. Contact Mark Brown, CEA-AG, at 775-1680.

Sept. 15

D&PL Field Day, eight miles south of Lorenzo on the Steve Chapman Farm, 9:00 a.m.

Sept. 20

Floyd County Ag Tour. Contact J.D. Ragland, CEA-AG, at 983-4912.

Sept. 21

West Texas Ag Chemicals Institute Annual Meeting, Holiday Inn Lubbock Plaza Hotel, Lubbock, TX

Sept. 22

Bayer CropScience/FiberMax Field Day, phone 765-8844 for more information

Sept. 22

Lynn County Crop Tour. Contact Bryan Reynolds, CEA-AG, at 561-4562.

 

2004 Ave. Price Received Calculation
On Track To Create Maximum 2004 CCP Payment

Friday, August 5, 2005                             By Shawn Wade

      Based on USDA figures the 2004Upland Cotton Weighted Average Price calculated through June 2005 stands at42.69 cents per pound. With only the July marketing figures yet to be reported,the 2004 Counter-cyclical payment rate will most likely be the maximum13.73-cents allowed by current program rules.

      The 2004 Counter-cyclical paymentrate authorized under the 2002 Farm Bill will be based on the 12-month WeightedAverage Price Received by growers. For cotton, the 12-month Weighted AveragePrice will reflect price and marketings for the 2004 marketing year. The 2004cotton marketing year began on August 1, 2004 and ends July 31, 2005.

      The following table shows theaverage price received each month by farmers and the calculated weightedaverage price based on estimated cumulative marketings and prices reported bythe National Ag Statistics Service through June 2005.

 

 

Monthly Average Price Received for

2004-crop Upland Cotton Through June 2005

(Weightedby Marketings)

 

Marketings

Prices

 

(000's of Running bales)

(cents per pound)

 

Monthly

Cum.

Monthly

Weighted

August

1,215

1,215

53.70

53.70

September

537

1,752

49.30

52.35

October

923

2,675

49.50

51.37

November

1,437

4,112

44.40

48.93

December

2,292

6,404

40.70

46.09

January

3,698

10,102

39.60

43.72

February

1,847

11,949

39.00

42.93

March

1,354

13,303

41.50

42.78

April

934

14,237

43.10

42.81

May

559

14,796

42.00

42.77

June

592

15,388

44.00

42.69

July

na

na

42.10*

na 

Source:National Agricultural Statistics Service; * = preliminary