As Harvest Season Approaches TDAApproves
Label For Gramoxone Inteon For 2006 Use

Friday, August 25, 2006                             ByRoger Haldenby

      Texas Department ofAgriculture announced today the approval of two FIFRA Section 24(c) SpecialLocal Need labels.

      At the request of productmanufacturer Syngenta, and supported by Texas Cooperative Extension and PlainsCotton Growers, Inc., TDA has granted an exemption to the Federal Insecticide,Fungicide and Rodenticide Act Section 24(c) that will allow cotton producers inTexas (with the exception of Starr, Hidalgo, Willacy and Cameron counties) toapply "Gramoxone Inteon" as a harvest aid on cotton at modifiedrates.

      Full details are on thelabel, which must be in the possession of the user at the time of application.A copy of the label for Gramoxone Inteon EPA Reg. No. 100-1217, EPA SLN No.TX-060017 can be viewed on the PCG website at:

http://www.plainscotton.org/GramoxoneSLNlabel.pdf or http://www.plainscotton.org/GramoxoneSLNlabel.htm

2006 Harvest Aid Guide In The Works

      Based on the rapiddevelopment of the 2006 crop, both irrigated and dryland, High Plains cottonproducers are already beginning to think about their harvest aid regimens.

      As usual, the best place forgrowers to go for sound advice will be a newly updated Harvest Aid Guidepublished by Dr. Randy Boman, Cotton Agronomist, Texas Cooperative Extension.Dr. Boman reports that the revised 2006 Harvest Aid Guide will be available onthe Lubbock TAMU Research and Extension Center website as quickly as possible.The revised 2006 Guide will be located at: http://lubbock.tamu.edu/cotton

      The revised 2006 Guide willalso include data and recommendations for all currently available productsincluding Gramoxone Inteon.

 

Recent Rains Help Irrigated Cotton But Are
"Too Little; Too Late" To Help Dryland Crop

Friday, August 25, 2006                             By Shawn Wade

      High Plains cotton producershave welcomed a recent break in the year's predominantly dry weather patternand many have seized the opportunity to take a much needed break in what hadbecome a non-stop effort to keep irrigation water flowing to a thirsty crop.

      The area is benefiting fromover a week of cooler temperatures and varying amounts of rainfall. While therainfall was a far cry from the general rain that most had hoped to see movethrough the region, the storms have provided some significant rainfall totalsin many areas of the Plains.

      It is unfortunate that thechange in the weather didn't happen a few weeks earlier. If it had more of thearea's dryland producers could have reaped some benefit from the rain as well.As it stands, however, the rain was just "Too Little; Too Late" to help improvethe prospects of most dryland acres.

      Dryland crops that receivedthe highest levels of rainfall could even take a step backward if the plantsbegin to regrow, which would make harvest even more difficult, or shed bolls.

      On a brighter note, therainfall was a boon to irrigated producers across the board. While not likelyto significantly increase current yield prospects since the crop is for themost part well past "cut-out," the rains have allowed many growers to restirrigation wells that have been the crop's only source of water for most of thegrowing season.

      Based on the calendar and theadvanced maturity of the crop overall, some growers may opt to terminate theirirrigation activity altogether if they received enough rain to finish the cropout. For those that are still on the outside looking in, or who have been onthe fringes of the recent storms, another round of storms in the next weekcould see them take similar action.

      Yield prospects for the areaare unchanged with most irrigated crops expected to produce near averageyields. Dryland crop yields are expected to be well below average as well andmany fields could be abandoned before harvest due to extremely poor yieldprospects.

No Decision On Changes To Boll CountAppraisal Process

      Earlier this month, PlainsCotton Growers officials requested a change in the boll count appraisal processas it applies to dryland cotton in an effort to address the significant impactthis year's drought is having on that potion of the crop.

      Extreme drought stress causescotton plants to be abnormally short (making them harder to harvest efficientlybecause what few bolls the plants are able to set are generally very close toground level) and undergo a restricted reproductive growth period due to theplants inability to produce additional fruiting branches.

      This often translatesdirectly into dryland plants that are only able to sustain 1-3 small bolls, ofwhich a high percentage will fail to contribute to yield either because theyare not able to be retrieved by mechanical harvesting equipment or simply failto fully mature and open.

      The lack of moisture duringthe bloom/boll-setting period also leads to bolls that contain fewer seed perboll which contributes to a smaller overall boll size and further decreases thecrops yield potential.

      PCG's ongoing discussion withthe USDA Risk Management Agency about their boll count deviation request hasstressed that the advanced maturity of the 2006 dryland crop makes itimperative that the calculations done by appraisers recognize the reduced yieldpotential of the crop. Dryland crops in many areas are already at a point whereboll count appraisals could be requested.

      The latest word from RMA isthat a decision could be made by early next week and allow remaining drylandacres to be evaluated using a revised boll count procedure.

 

NRCS To Hold 2007 EQIP PDG/LWG Meetings

      Texas Soil and WaterConservation Districts invite the public, and any agencies with interest, toparticipate in the agency's 2007 Program Development Group (PDG) meetings.

      PDG meetings are led by thelocal Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in partnership withUSDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Each county in Texas holdsthe public meetings annually and meeting information will soon be posted on theTexas NRCS website (www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov). A partial list of PDG meetings already scheduledis listed below.

      Thepurpose of the PDG is to provide members of the community a forum forsubmitting recommendations on local issues and county based funding that can beaddressed through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

August EQIP PDG Meeting
Dates, Times and Locations

County:

Date:

Time:

Location:

Swisher

8/28/06

9:00 AM

Swisher Co. Courthouse Annex, 310 SW St. Tulia, TX

Yoakum

8/28/06

9:00 AM

Plains Community Center, 1006 Ave G. Plains, TX

Carson

8/29/06

8:00 AM

USDA Service Center, 221 Euclid St, Panhandle, TX

Cochran

8/29/06

9:00 AM

NRCS Service Center, 200 A West Taylor, Morton, TX

Crosby

8/29/06

7:00 PM

Ralls Community Room, Ralls, TX

Terry

8/29/06

9:00 AM

Extension Service Center, 209 South 5th St, Brownfield, TX

Bailey

8/30/06

8:00 AM

Five Area Telephone Coop. Room, 302, Uvalde St, Muleshoe, TX

Fisher

8/31/06

2:00 PM

Roby Community Center, Roby, TX

Garza

9/5/06

8:30AM

Wells Fargo Bank Meeting Rm, 216 W. Main Street, Post, TX

Lynn

9/7/06

8:30AM

Tahoka Housing Authority Meeting Rm, 1400 Ave. K, Tahoka

Hale

9/8/06

10:30AM

NRCS Service Center, 304 South Garland, Plainview, TX

Lamb

9/11/06

10:00AM

Lamb County Electric Co-op, 2415 S. Phelps, Ave., Littlefield, TX

Cottle

9/14/06

10:00AM

NRCS Service Center, 920 Bray, Paducah, TX

 

High Plains Event Calendar

            Thetable below contains a partial listing of the events already scheduled. Growersinterested in attending any of the Texas Cooperative Extension events shouldcontact the appropriate TCE County office to request additional details.

      Formore information about the industry Field Days listed below contact your localsales representative or dealer. Additional details will be included in "CottonNews" as they become available.

2006 Extension Crop Tours &
Cotton IndustryEvent Schedule

Event:

Date:

Dawson/Lubbock Crop Tour

August 29

Parmer/Bailey Crop tour

August 30

Sandyland Ag Tour

August 31

Yoakum County Crop Tour

September 12

Floyd County Crop Tour

September 19

Mitchell County Ag Tour

September 21

Crosby County Crop Tour

September 29-

 

 

Industry Events:

Date:

Plains Ginners Annual Meeting

Deltapine Field Day

August 29

September 7

West Texas Ag Chemicals Institute Annual Meeting

September 13

FiberMax Field Day

September 21

Stoneville/Monsanto Field Day

September 26

 

 

 

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