Majority of High Plains Gets First Freeze;
2008 Harvest Season Off To A Slow Start

Friday, October 24, 2008                           By Shawn Wade

      The on-again, off-again application of harvest aids in preparation for harvest of a late maturing High Plains cotton crop has been brought to a rather abrupt halt in many parts of the High Plains following the arrival of the region's first freeze on October 23.

      According to Texas AgriLife Extension Cotton Specialist Dr. Randy Boman, the freeze takes some of the guesswork out of what to do to prepare the crop for harvest.

      Boman notes that the effects of the freeze on late maturing cotton will ultimately depend on the length of time temperatures stayed below 32 degrees. In general, though, it appears that a significant portion of the area saw temperatures stay below freezing long enough to effectively put an end to most plant functions.

      Crops that saw temperatures dip below freezing for just a couple of hours may not have been shut-down completely, but will most likely become even harder to manage effectively with harvest aid products.

      Late planted fields to the north and northwest of Lubbock are expected to be the most affected by the freeze since temperatures stayed below freezing longer. Many of these fields, which were already facing an uphill battle to fully mature bolls and fiber, could even see some yield loss as a result of the temperature drop.

      Further south temperatures didn't stay below freezing as long, but growers will see some impact on the effectiveness of harvest aid applications made just before the freeze or contemplated afterward.

      One thing is certain based on harvest aids going out over the past few weeks and now a freeze, harvest and ginning activity will be picking up steam over the next two weeks. Until then we will just have to continue our wait and see approach to figuring out the 2008 High Plains cotton crop.

First Glance At 2008 Cotton Quality

      The following is a summary of the cotton classed at the Lubbock and Lamesa USDA Cotton Division Cotton Classing Offices for the 2008 production season.

      With the delayed start that the High Plains has experienced it should be noted that the total number of bales classed to date form both offices represents the smallest possible sample of the 2008 crop.

      There is also little doubt from looking at the numbers in the first weekly reports published by each office that they have received everything under sun from pretty good cotton all the way to "green" cotton that was probably harvested under less than ideal circumstances.

      As more 2008 crop cotton begins flowing through area gins a much better picture will gradually being to emerge about what kind of crop the High Plains has in 2008.

2008 High Plains Cotton Quality Summary


Current Week:









21+ - 41.2%

31 - 39.5%





31 - 58.3%

41 - 32.3%




















Season Totals To Date:









21+ - 58.4%

31 – 28.3%





21+ - 29.1%

31 – 34.4%



















West TX Flow Meeting Stresses Cooperation
In Cotton Marketing and Supply Chain

Friday, October 24, 2008                           By Shawn Wade

      Cooperation and consideration seemed to be the theme of the Texas Cotton Association's 2008 West Texas Cotton Flow/Marketing meeting held October 23 in Lubbock.

      Speakers from Texas AgriLife Extension, the USDA Farm Service Agency, the American Cotton Shippers' Association, EWR, Inc., Plains Cotton Cooperative Association and the Lubbock Ports-to-Plains Coalition discussed a wide range of topics.

      In addition to hearing a report on the status of the 2008 High Plains crop, meeting participants were also introduced to new technology designed to eliminate confusion and improve the flow of cotton from the time it is sold through arrival at its final destination.

      Throughout each of these presentations the common thread tying them together was a renewed focus on utilizing the resources at the industry's disposal to improve communication, streamline cotton movement and increase the efficiency of processes that affect the downstream movement of cotton from warehouse to end-user.

      The strength of the cotton industry has always been its ability to coalesce and work together when a significant challenge confronts the industry. Listening to the discussions and presentations at this year's TCA West Texas Flow/Marketing meeting, that tendency seems to be coming to the forefront once again this week in Lubbock.

      The cotton industry faces significant challenges at every level, and the issues impacting the U.S. economy and financial systems as a whole are magnifying many of those challenges.

      It is clear that almost everyone is beginning to actively recognize the fact that the industry's best opportunity to work its way through this situation is to work together.


Cotton Board Hires Southwestern
Regional Communications Manager

Friday, October 24, 2008                           By Shawn Wade

      Cotton Board president and CEO Drayton Meyers announced the hiring of four new Regional Communications Managers to serve as direct links to the Cotton Research & Promotion Program for U.S. cotton producers and ginners across the four production regions of the Cotton Belt.

      Filling the Southwestern Regional Communications Manager position is Bob J. Stanley of Lubbock. Stanley is a familiar face to many in the High Plains having served the industry for over thirty years in various sales and marketing roles involving the sale, design and construction of cotton gins across Texas.

      Stanley is a 1976 graduate of Texas Tech University and holds a bachelors degree in Mechanized Agriculture with an emphasis on Agribusiness Management.

      Joining Stanley on the Cotton Board staff in the other three regional positions are: Brent Murphree, Western Regional Communications Manager, of Maricopa, Arizona; James Robert "Bobby" Skeen, Jr., Mid-South Regional Communications Manager, of Monroe, Louisiana; and, James Montgomery "Monty" Bain, Sr., Southeastern Regional Communications Manager, of Deatsville, Alabama.

      Brad Robb, vice president of Communications for the Cotton Board, will manage the four new Cotton Board Regional Communications Managers.

      The new Regional Communications Managers will undergo an extensive and thorough on-boarding process which will include training at the Cotton Board, Cotton Incorporated senior staff division presentations prior to a tour of the World Headquarters in Cary, North Carolina and presentations and a tour of Cotton Incorporated's Consumer Marketing division in New York, New York.


NRCS To Hold 2009 EQIP PDG/LWG Meetings

      Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts invite the public, and any agencies with interest, to participate in the agency's 2009 Local Work Group (LWG) meetings.

      The purpose of the LWG's is to provide members of the community a forum for submitting recommendations on local issues and county based funding that can be addressed through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

      Local Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) conduct LWG meetings in partnership with USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

      Each county in Texas holds the public meetings annually and meeting information will soon be posted on the Texas NRCS website ( A partial list of LWG meetings already scheduled for the High Plains and South Plains regions is included in the table below.

2009 EQIP LWG Meeting
Dates, Times and Locations

as of 10/03/08






Spearman City Hall, 30 SW Court, Spearman

8:30 am


Deaf Smith

Hereford Community Center, 100 Avenue C, Hereford, Tx.

9:00 am



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