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SEPTEMBER CROP ESTIMATE SAYS HIGH PLAINS
HAS POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE 4.51 MILLION BALES

Friday, September 14, 2007                       By Shawn Wade

      It appears the Texas HighPlains is once again poised to eclipse 4 million bales of production in 2007.This week's September Crop Production report from USDA's National AgricultureStatistics Service (NASS) indicates the Texas High Plains could produce anestimated 4.51 million bales of cotton in 2007.

      Based on the NASS report, the2007 season is currently on track to be the fourth crop in a row for the HighPlains to produce more than 4 million bales.

      Seasoned crop watchers havebeen quietly impressed with the productive potential of the 2007 crop for quitesome time. But, as is always the case with early season production estimates,the September number is still a long way from being made. The main thingtempering current optimism is experience and the knowledge that the ability ofthe 2007 crop to meet or even exceed current forecasts depends on a favorableend to the growing season.

      Nationally, the United Statesis forecast to produce 17.8 million combined Upland and Pima cotton bales.Upland cotton production is forecast at 17 million bales, with an even 7million Upland bales expected to come from Texas.

      On a percentage basis thismonth's production estimate indicates Texas cotton producers will account for41 percent of total U.S. Upland production.

      Closer to home, the 4.51million bales forecast for the Texas High Plains would equal an estimated 26.5percent of U.S. Upland production and 64.4 percent of Texas Upland bales.

      In the 23 Northern HighPlains/Panhandle counties located in Texas Agriculture Statistics Service(TASS) crop reporting district 1-N, an estimated 900,000 bales of cotton areforecast to be harvested from 540,000 cotton acres.

      TASS crop reporting district1-S, which includes 16 High Plains counties, is forecast to produce 3.61million bales from an estimated 2.48 million harvested acres. Yield perharvested acre in the High Plains is forecast at 800 pounds in district 1-N and699 pounds in district 1-S.

      The counties located indistricts 1-N and 1-S, which include most of the counties in the TexasPanhandle and above the Caprock, closely mirror the composition of the41-county Plains Cotton Growers, Inc. membership area.

      The 23 counties included indistrict 1-N are Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Floyd,Gray, Hale, Hansford, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore,Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, and Swisher.

      The 16 counties included indistrict 1-S are Andrews, Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Gaines, Glasscock,Hockley, Howard, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Martin, Midland, Terry, and Yoakum.

 

FOURTH WORLD COTTON RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Friday, September 14, 2007                       By Shawn Wade

      The largest cotton patch inthe world hosted an equally large gathering of cotton researchers September10-14 as representatives from more than 40 countries came together in Lubbock,Texas for the Fourth World Cotton Research Conference.

      With West Texas cotton fieldsas far as the eye could see as a fitting backdrop, the conference, which wascoordinated through the International Cotton Advisory Committee, provided anunprecedented opportunity to learn what's happening in the world of cotton.

      More than 650 global cottonindustry members attended the conference. The week's activities concluded withan all-day tour highlighting the High Plains region's diverse agricultureindustry.

      The tour provided more than125 WCRC-4 attendees a look at the area's diverse agriculture industry andoffered cotton experts from around the world an up-close view of High Plainscotton production.

      U.S. WCRC-4 OrganizingCommittee Chairman Dr. Dean Ethridge, Managing Director of the Texas TechInternational Textile Center, explained that during the four-day conferenceattendees were given the opportunity to build new relationships and shareinformation on a wide array of cotton topics.

      During the week, generalconference sessions were conducted that focused on the global cotton industry'sstrategic challenges and opportunities, cotton genomics and biotechnology,competitiveness, and production management.

      In addition to the generalsession topics, highly focused breakout sessions were conducted throughout theweek featuring presentations in the following areas of specialization: AbioticStress Management & Physiology; Extension & Technology Transfer; PlantBreeding & Genetics; Agronomy & Cotton Farming Systems; Fiber QualityEvaluation & Preservation; Plant Pathology & Disease Management;Arthropod Management; Genomics And Biotechnology; Value-Added Issues For Fiber& Seed; Economics of Production & Marketing; Harvesting & Ginning;and, Weed Management.

 

NRCS TO HOLD 2008 EQIP PDG/LWG MEETINGS

      Texas Soil and WaterConservation Districts invite the public, and any agencies with interest, toparticipate in the agency's 2008 Program Development Group (PDG) meetings.

      The purpose of the PDG's isto provide members of the community a forum for submitting recommendations onlocal issues and county based funding that can be addressed through theEnvironmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

      Local Soil and WaterConservation Districts (SWCD) conduct PDG meetings in partnership with USDA-NaturalResources 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 scheduled forthe High Plains and South Plains regions is included in the table below.

 

2008 EQIP PDG Meeting
Dates, Times and Locations

County:

Date:

Time:

Location:

Hockley

9/25/07

8:00 AM

Chase Bank, Levelland. TX

Dawson

9/25/07

8:00 AM

USDA Service Center, Lamesa, TX

Cochran

9/25/07

8:30 AM

Cochran Co. Activities Bldg., Morton, TX

Donley

9/27/07

2:00 PM

Ranching and Feedlot Operations Bldg. Clarendon College, Clarendon, TX

Lamb

10/1/07

9:30 AM

Lamb Co. Electric, Littlefield, TX

Deaf Smith

10/2/07

9:00AM

Hereford Com. Cent. 100 Ave C, Hereford, TX

Castro

10/3/07

8:00 AM

USDA Service Center, Dimmitt, TX

Wheeler

10/4/07

8:00AM

USDA Service Center, Wheeler, TX

Parmer

10/4/07

9:30 AM

EMS Bldg.109 3rd St., Bovina, TX

Randall

10/9/07

9:30 AM

Farm Bureau 1714 5th Ave., Canyon, TX

Hall

10/9/07

9:00 AM

1st B&T Bronze Room, Memphis, TX

Childress

10/9/07

2:00 PM

Childress Service Center Annex, Childress, TX

Floyd

10/9/07

9:00 AM

USDA Service Center, Floydada, TX

Collingsworth

10/9/07

8:30 AM

Roberson Restaurant, HWY 83, Wellington, TX

Kent

10/9/07

5:30PM

Kent County Courthouse, Jayton, TX

Dickens

10/10/07

7:00PM

USDA Service Center, Spur, TX

Hale

10/12/07

11:00 AM

NRCS Office, Plainview, TX

 

Fisher

10/15/07

10:00AM

Roby Community Center, Roby, TX

 

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2007COUNTY CROP TOURS AND FIELD DAYS

      The table below contains apartial listing of the events already scheduled. Growers interested inattending any of the Texas Cooperative Extension events should contact theappropriate TCE County office to request additional details.

      For more information aboutthe industry Field Days listed below contact your local sales representative ordealer. Additional details will be included in "Cotton News" as they becomeavailable.

      Ifyou have knowledge of information that needs to be added to any of the eventsalready listed or a date you would like to have added to this calendar pleasecontact Shawn Wade at 806-792-4904.

2007 High Plains Event Calendar

Event:

Date:

Floyd Co. Crop Tour

September 18

Swisher Co. Harvest Aid Training, Tulia

September 18

Lynn Co. Ag Tour

September 19

Lamb Co. Harvest Aid Training, Sudan

September 19

Crosby Co. Crop Tour

September 21

Hale Co. Harvest Aid Training

September 25

Castro Co. Harvest Aid Training, Dodd

September 26

Mitchell Co. Ag Tour

 

October 11

 

Industry Field Days:

Date:

Americot Field Day, Lubbock, 9:45 a.m.

September 25

FiberMax/Stoneville/AFD Field Day,

FM 1729 & FM 41. Please RSVP by September 24 by calling your local Sales Representative or 806-765-8844.

 

September 26 - Southern

September 27 - Northern

D&PL Field Day, Lorenzo, 10:00 a.m.

October 3