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CongressPasses Continuing Resolution;
Senate Making Move Toward Farm Bill Action

Friday, September 28, 2007                       By Shawn Wade

      Congresshas passed a Continuing Resolution on the budget that will keep the wheels ofgovernment turning through November 16 as Congress attempts to hammer out finalversions of several key legislative priorities.

      Toppingthe list of those priorities, and the primary reason a continuing resolution isnecessary, is completion of a bevy of unfinished FY 2008 Budget bills. Alsonear the top of that list is the farm bill, which must be reauthorized headinginto the 2008 crop year.

      Inthe Senate, where they have been moving at a considerably slower pace thantheir House colleagues, it appears that the leadership is finally ready to getthings moving on the 2007 farm bill.

      Recentreports from Washington indicate the first major action could occur during thefirst week of October and set the stage for Senate Agriculture Committeeconsideration of the legislation during the third week of October.

      Unfortunately,anyone wishing to have a solid idea of where the Senate stands heading intothis process is going to be left sorely disappointed. The process remains in aconstant state of flux and nothing is likely to start solidifying until Senateleaders decide to sit down and hammer out their differences in Committee.

      Italso appears that action in the Senate Budget Committee will have a significantimpact on the Agriculture Committee's deliberations. Beyond just findingadditional money to address new program needs, it appears that the BudgetCommittee could actually go as far as finding money and allocating it tospecific farm program components.

      Thefact that Senate Budget Committee Chairman Max Baucus, who is also a member ofthe Agriculture Committee, is thinking of taking such steps over and abovesimply finding the spending offsets needed by the Agriculture Committee says alot about how the process has evolved thus far.

      Aboutthe only thing that anyone can take to the bank now is the knowledge that oneway or another the landscape of the Senate debate is going to change over thenext two-three weeks and there is till a lot of work to be done.

 

High PlainsReadies Itself For 2007 Harvest

Friday, September 28, 2007                       By Shawn Wade

      Followingwhat has been an almost idyllic September, and armed with a weather forecastindicating another week of the same, High Plains cotton producers are rapidlyswitching gears to prepare for a harvest season that has arrived before manythought it might.

      Earlierin the season the crop's delayed start had most producers thinking that evenwith slightly above average weather they were going to need every day theycould string together in late-September and early-October to mature the crop.

      Forsome, this seems to have translated into a slightly delayed timetable for theirharvest season preparations. Drive-by inspections seem to bear this out as muchof the crop continues to look green and healthy in the field, and is absent inmany cases of visual clues, such as purpling leaves, that typically indicatethe crop is nearly ready for harvest.

      Whatis less apparent until you get out in the field is that the crop is actuallymaturing bolls at a rapid pace and is farther along than many had suspected.

      Headinginto the first week of October High Plains cotton producers are now quicklyreadying spray and harvest equipment to go get what is shaping up to be anotherexcellent crop.

      A fewareas have already witnessed harvest aid treatments going out on early-plantedfields with good results. Over the next two weeks however that activity willincrease exponentially, preparing the way for harvesters to hit the fields assoon as possible.

      Leadingup to the October USDA crop production estimate, some observers think yieldexpectations could get a slight bump, as additional samples of open bolls areanalyzed and in-field boll weights given more weight in the yield estimationprocess.

      TheUSDA estimate release September 12 indicates the crop in position to be thethird-best in High Plains history. Any upward revision of significance couldput the 2007 crop in position to challenge the 2004 crop's 4.8-million baletotal, which currently ranks second all-time.

      Asalways the High Plains is on the brink of providing an intriguing twist andpromises to keep producers and buyers on the edge of their seats. Regardless ofhow it eventually turns out, one prediction that seems to be on its way tobecoming a foregone conclusion is that the 2007 High Plains crop will have alittle something for everyone and ample supplies of high quality fiber.

 

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2007 CountyCrop Tours and Field Days

      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"Cotton News" as they become available.

      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.

2007High Plains Event Calendar

Event:

Date:

Mitchell Co. Ag Tour

 

October 11

 

Industry Field Days:

Date:

D&PL Field Day, Lorenzo, 10:00 AM

October 3

 

NRCS To Hold2008 EQIP PDG/LWG Meetings

      TexasSoil and Water Conservation Districts invite the public, and any agencies withinterest, to participate in the agency's 2008 Program Development Group (PDG)meetings.

      Thepurpose of the PDG's 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).

      LocalSoil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) conduct PDG meetings in partnershipwith USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

      Eachcounty in Texas holds the public meetings annually and meeting information willsoon be posted on the Texas NRCS website (www.tx.nrcs.usda.gov). A list of PDG meetings alreadyscheduled for the High Plains and South Plains regions is included in thefollowing table.

 

2008 EQIP PDG Meeting Dates & Locations


County:

Date:

Time:

Location:

Potter

10/11/07

9:30 AM

USDA Service Center, Amarillo

Randall

10/9/07

9:30 AM

Farm Bureau 1714 5th Ave., Canyon

Oldham

9/25/07

10:00 AM

Vega Banking Center-Confer. Room, Vega

Stonewall

10/11/07

9:00 AM

County Courthouse, Aspermont

King

10/11/07

1:30 PM

Community Center, Guthrie

Dallam

10/11/07

8:00 PM

Bar H Restaurant, Dalhart

Hartley

10/2/07

1:30 PM

Bar H Restaurant, Hartley

Moore

10/4/07

9:00 AM

Moore Cty. Extension Classroom, Dumas

Sherman

10/10/07

9:00 AM

Happy State Bank, Stratford

Deaf Smith

10/2/07

9:00 AM

Hereford Com. Cent. 100 Ave C, Hereford

Castro

10/3/07

8:00 AM

USDA Service Center, Dimmitt

Parmer

10/4/07

9:30 AM

EMS Bldg.109 3rd St, Bovina

Lubbock

9/27/07

9:00 AM

USDA-ARS, 3810 4th St., Lubbock

Crosby

TBA

 

Crosbyton

Hockley

9/25/07

8:00 AM

Chase Bank, Levelland

Motley

10/9/07

8:00 AM

USDA Service Center, Matador

Cottle

10/11/07

9:00 AM

USDA Service Center, Paducah

Hardeman

10/10/07

9:00 AM

Community Center, Quanah

Foard

10/2/07

6:00 PM

Crowell State Bank, Crowell

Hall

10/9/07

9:00 AM

1st B&T Bronze Room, Memphis

Childress

10/9/07

2:00 PM

Childress Service Center Annex, Childress

Donley

9/27/07

2:00 PM

Ranch & Feed Bldg., Clarendon College, Clarendon

Cochran

9/25/07

8:30 AM

Cochran Co. Activities Bldg., Morton

Bailey

9/26/07

9:00 AM

Five Area Telephone, Meeting Rm., Muleshoe

Gray

10/11/07

6:00 PM

Gray Co. Annex, Pampa

Hemphill

10/10/07

6:00 PM

Hemphill County Exhibition Barn, Canadian

Roberts

10/9/07

7:30 AM

KNT Cafˇ, Miami

Carson

10/9/07

2:00 PM

USDA Service Center, Panhandle

Armstrong

10/2/07

1:00 PM

NRCS/SWCD Office, Claude

Hale

10/12/07

11:00 AM

USDA Service Center, Plainview

Lamb

10/1/07

9:30 AM

Lamb Co. Electric, Littlefield

Floyd

10/9/07

9:00 AM

USDA Service Center, Floydada

Gaines

10/11/07

9:30 AM

USDA Service Center, Seminole

Dawson

9/25/07

8:00 AM

USDA Service Center, Lamesa

Yoakum

10/3/07

9:00 AM

Plains Comm. Center, 1006 Ave. G, Plains

Scurry/Borden

10/10/07

1:00 PM

DCOS Room, 3610 College Ave., Snyder

Fisher

10/15/07

10:00 AM

Roby Community Center, Roby

Hansford

10/9/07

1:00 PM

First State Bank, Spearman, Spearman

Hutchinson

10/10/07

9:30 PM

Holt School House, Stinnett

Lipscomb

10/4/07

1:00 PM

Follett Community Center, Follett

Ochiltree

10/4/07

8:00 AM

Museum Of Plains, 1200 N. Main, Perryton

Dickens

10/10/07

7:00 PM

USDA Service Center, Spur

Kent

10/9/07

5:30 PM

Kent County Courthouse, Jayton

Lynn

10/10/07

8:00 AM

Tahoka Housing Authority, Tahoka

Terry

10/2/07

8:00 AM

Calvary Baptist Church, Brownfield

Garza

10/5/07

9:00 AM

Wells Fargo Bank, 216 Main St., Post

Swisher

10/4/07

9:00 AM

Swisher County Annex, Tulia

Briscoe

10/11/07

5:00 PM

City Bank (Pioneer Room), Silverton

Collingsworth

10/9/07

8:30 AM

Roberson Restaurant Hwy 83, Wellington

Wheeler

10/4/07

8:00 AM

USDA Service Center, Wheeler