High Plains Cotton TrioRecognized at Beltwide Cotton Conferences

Friday, January 6, 2005                             By Shawn Wade

      Three leading High Plainscotton industry figures came together to focus the spotlight of the 2006Beltwide Cotton Conference's squarely on the Texas High Plains. The trio wereawarded three of the top honors handed out each year at the Beltwide CottonConferences.

      Recognized for theircontributions to the industry and their service to cotton producers, the threehonorees were Texas Cooperative Extension Cotton Specialist Dr. Randy Boman,Plains Cotton Growers Executive Vice President Steve Verett, and long-time HighPlains crop consultant and retired Texas Tech Professor Emeritus Dr. JohnHunter.

      The first High Plains honoreeduring the 2006 Beltwide conference was Dr. Randy Boman who was named CottonSpecialist of the Year by his peers.

      Since becoming the TCE CottonSpecialist for the Texas High Plains, Boman has distinguished himself as awilling and knowledgeable resource who is heavily relied upon by High Plainscotton producers as well as an outstanding researcher committed to providinggrowers with the accurate information they need to make critical technology andmanagement decisions for their farms. Boman received his award January 3.

      The second honoree from the regionwas PCG Executive Vice President Steve Verett. Verett was presented with hisaward and recognized for his achievements on behalf of the industry during aluncheon January 4 sponsored by Cotton Grower magazine, Case IH and Monsanto.

      Verett, who has served asPCG's Executive Vice President since 1997, was honored with the 2005 CottonGrower Achievement Award. The award, presented by Cotton Grower magazine,honors cotton growers who are outstanding innovators, sound stewards of theland and leaders in their communities and in the cotton industry.

      The 2005 award marks the 39thyear that the publication has recognized the efforts of individual cottonproducers for their contributions to the industry.

      In addition to his positionat PCG, Verett has also remained an active part of his family's Crosby Countyfarming operation where he works in partnership with his brother Eddie andnephew Heath Verett.

      The third High Plains honoreewas Dr. John Hunter of Lubbock. Hunter received the 2005 Cotton Consultant ofthe Year Award presented by Cotton Farming magazine during a reception andpresentation ceremony in his honor the evening of January 4.

      Hunter, who has been a cottonconsultant and educator on the Texas High Plains for fifty years, was creditedwith helping to bring the concept of integrated pest management among growersboth in the classroom and in the field.

      Hunter's nomination wasprepared by a group of his customers, former students and employees and PlainsCotton Growers staff. Also supporting the nomination were his daughter SusanneLong and her husband Trent Long who work with Dr. Hunter as principles inHunter/Long Consulting.

      Hunter was the 25threcipient of the Cotton Farming Consultant of the Year award. The magazinepresented the first Cotton Consultant of the Year award in 1981.

      The winner of the CottonConsultant of the Year award is selected by past award winners and is one ofthe highest honors that can be presented to professional cotton consultants.


From Insects to Economics: 2006Beltwide Provides Wealth of Knowledge To Producers

Friday, January 6,2005                            By Shawn Wade

      With the culmination of therecent WTO Ministerial meeting in Hong Kong and the ongoing efforts to get abudget reconciliation package through Congress, it would have been easy for theNational Cotton Council's 2006 Beltwide Cotton Conference to focus on a narrowband of political and trade issues as cotton growers and industry leadersconvened in San Antonio for the three-day meeting.

      Fortunately that has not beenthe case even though growers have had plenty of opportunities to hear thelatest legislative and trade issue updates from NCC staff and Texas CongressmanHenry Cuellar of Laredo.

      The majority of the 2006Beltwide Cotton Conference has stayed true to its purpose and provided growerswith the latest technology and management information to help them improvetheir operations in 2006.

      Whether it was rolling outnew technologies or presenting the latest in applied research, the biggestchallenge for many growers was trying to decide exactly where to concentratetheir efforts and maximize their time during the packed three-day conference.

      The meeting got started onJanuary 4 with the opening of the Production Conference and a full slate ofbreakout sessions on everything from economics and marketing, to insects andcrop management. The annual industry meeting also included its regular slew ofnew product roll-outs and technology advancements.

      One of the items thatgarnered a lot of attention was the industry discussion of new varieties for2006 with the first-year of commercially available RoundUpReady Flex cottonseed.

      The second half of theConference is devoted to technical papers and presentations from industry anduniversity researchers on a wide variety of topics including cotton diseases,economics and marketing, ginning, engineering, insect control, cottonimprovement, physiology, quality measurement, cotton utilization, soilmanagement and plant nutrition.


High Plains Production ConferencesOffer CEU Opportunities for Producers

Friday, January 6,2005                            By Shawn Wade

      Helping farmers stay up onthe latest trends in crop production, marketing, and management ideas is thenumber one goal of High Plains crop production conferences.

      Sponsored by TexasCooperative Extension, the Conferences offer valuable production informationfor producers entering the 2006 growing season.

      Conferences are scheduled atmultiple locations throughout the area to provide growers an opportunity toreceive this information without having to travel too far from home.

      By attending the conferencesproducers can also earn continuing education units (CEUs) necessary to maintainprivate and commercial applicator licenses.

      This year's conference datesand locations are:


January 12


West Plains Cotton Conference, 8:00 a.m.,


South Plains College, 1401 S. College Ave., Levelland.


For more information contact Kerry Siders, Hockley County EA-IPM at 806-894-2406.

January 17

Caprock Cotton Conference, 8:00 a.m.,


Plains Baptist Assembly, 9 miles south of Floydada on Highway 62. There is a $25.00 registration fee.


For more information contact Steve Davis, Crosby County EA-IPM, at 806-675-2426 or J.D. Ragland, Floyd CEA-AG, at 806-983-4912.

January 25

Muleshoe Crop Conference.


For more information contact Curtis Preston, Bailey CEA-AG, at 806-272-4584.

January 26

Southern Mesa Ag Conference, 8:00 a.m.,


Dawson County Annex Bldg., 609 North 1st Street, Lamesa. Early $20.00 registration can be mailed to Texas Cooperative Extension, P.O. Box 1268, Lamesa, TX 79331. Registration at the door is $25.00


For more information contact Jeff Wyatt, Dawson CEA-AG, at 806-872-7539.

February 7

South Plains Ag Conference, 8:00 a.m.,


Nikki Vinson Youth Center, 110 W. Hill, Brownfield.


For more information contact Chris Bishop, Terry CEA-AG, at 806-637-4060.